Old fashioned lampstands seem to be everywhere in Europe. When I see them, I often think of the character, Lucy, in C.S. Lewis’ Narnia series. On entering Narnia, she sees a lampstand in the forest and wonders why it is there. She learns that it marks the border between the two worlds.
In our verse for today, Jesus gives us this parable of the lampstand immediately after the parable of the Sower. The seed in the fourth scenario has fallen on good ground and produces fruit (verse 15). The one that has really received the Word of God and keeps it will be like a lamp that is lit. The light of the knowledge of Him not only enlightens us, but is intended to light the way for others.
Jesus explains two improbable uses of this light; covering it with a container or hiding it under a bed. The light used in this way is not extinguished. But there is no point in having light if it is not used for its purpose. For the light to have value it is to be seen by others. The light is to be lifted up on a stand so it can be visible.
Having my light on a tall stand rather than hidden is to put myself out there. It means taking a stand in a public manner. Matthew 5:16 says my light is the good works I do to glorify my Father. Lord, show me how to uncover that light and shine for You today.