A Lamp on a Stand

21 He said to them, “Do you bring in a lamp to put it under a bowl or a bed? Instead, don’t you put it on its stand? 22 For whatever is hidden is meant to be disclosed, and whatever is concealed is meant to be brought out into the open.23 If anyone has ears to hear, let them hear.”

24 “Consider carefully what you hear,” he continued. “With the measure you use, it will be measured to you—and even more. 25 Whoever has will be given more; whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them.”

Mark 4:21-25

I blogged on the first verse earlier this year. You can read that here.

But let’s move onto the next part. “For whatever is hidden is meant to be disclosed, and whatever is concealed is meant to be brought out into the open.” This verse reminds me of Ephesians 5:8-14.

I have a hard question for you all this morning: What is your secret sin?

We all have one. Sometimes we’re aware of them (impure thoughts, substance abuse, lying) and some sins are more subtle that we may not even recognize it as sin (putting an idol like money before God, pride, ignoring those in need).

Exposing a secret sin is hard work.

But it’s rewarding work. Remember, Christ came to set us free. This freedom is from ourselves and our sinful ways. If you are caught in a sin, no matter how much worldly pleasure you may derive from it, I bet you feel trapped by it. You could be afraid someone will find out, you could be afraid of being caught, you could be losing values, family time, or even money. Maybe shame from your sin is keeping you trapped.

Shame is one of the heaviest shackles.

Brothers and sisters, I encourage you to allow that secret sin to come to light. I encourage you to find someone you trust and confess. James 5:16 says, “Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed.” Confess to God. Repent–turn away. And if you slip up? Confess, repent, repeat. The more you fight this sin that has a hold on you the easier the battle becomes.

Surround yourself with believers, bathe yourself in prayer, and allow Christ to shine on you–allow Him to put light in the darkest parts of you.