“No one lights a lamp and then hides it or puts it under a basket.
Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where its light can be seen
by all who enter the house.”
Jesus isn’t referring to religiously correct people who claim to be Christians, but wear God as an outer shell of doctrines and rituals. These people campaign for positions and recognition among their peers. After a season, they tumble down in exhaustion from strife and self-effort. Behind their false light is inner darkness.
Nor is Jesus referring to people who pour gasoline on themselves, strike a match, and set themselves on fire. Sure, they get noticed, but for the wrong reasons. Their flame is tragic and short-lived.
If I invite Jesus to come in, he lights me from the inside out. I don’t need to look for a street corner or stage to show myself off. Jesus will use me to light up the world in ways I may never know—or could never imagine—to attract others into his Kingdom.
His flame is eternal.