In Mark 4:21-25, Jesus gives an illustration of a lamp on a stand, saying, “Do you bring in a lamp to put it under a bowl or a bed? Instead don’t you put it on its stand? For whatever is hidden is meant to be disclosed, and whatever is concealed is meant to be brought out into the open. If anyone has ears to hear, let him hear.”

Consider carefully what you hear, he continued, saying, “With the measure you use, it will be measured to you and even more. Whoever has will be given more, whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken from him.”

Jesus is saying the kingdom of God has come and is like a light to be shared. It is meant to be disclosed — to be brought out into the open. During Jesus’ public ministry, He was very open with his teaching. His teaching also was very critical of the Jewish religious leaders as He tried to return the people to a worship of God, rather than religious ceremony and rules. That is why he used the phrase, “If anyone has ears to hear, let him hear.”

There were those who could not understand this message. They had committed their lives to a keeping of the law, which by teaching of the religious leaders would result in their attaining heaven.

Jesus brought a very narrow teaching that is based only on faith in Him.

The gospel has gone far and wide. Today it goes farther than ever before. Certainly everyone has seen enough light to know Jesus was the God-man, not just a good man or a prophet or a teacher. That is not the problem today. The problem is people want to believe — just as in Biblical times — that they have a better way, a way that is more acceptable to them and follows guidelines they — not God — put forth.

There is a very present danger in such a thought process.

In verse 25, Jesus says, “Whoever has will be given more; whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken from him.” My interpretation: You can believe what you want, but the longer you believe in yourself instead of Jesus, the greater the chance that what knowledge you have will be taken from you.  

Either you soften your heart toward Jesus or it naturally hardens.

 David Bilderback is a Greeley resident.