“No one, when he has lit a lamp, covers it with a vessel or puts it under a bed” (Luke 8:16).

While some are putting the burning lamp under a basket, some others are using the vessels for the purpose. In this verse, God mentions about another tool 'vessel' used to cover the lamp.

The word 'vessel' indicates the domestic responsibilities of women. Some women will buy vessels of various metals like ever silver, aluminium and brass and they have a special liking in cleaning them often and maintaining them as decorative objects. Some more women prefer to cook different food in different vessels and waste their time.

Once, Jesus Christ visited Lazarus' home at Bethany. On seeing Jesus, Martha and Mary felt very happy. Martha ran in search of good vessels for preparing some good food for Jesus. She very quickly made the arrangements and began to cook. But Mary preferred to sit at His feet and kept on listening to the verses from Him.

After some time, Martha became angry as she had to cook alone. “But Martha was distracted with much serving, and she approached Him and said, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Therefore tell her to help me” (Luke 10:40).

“And Jesus answered and said to her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things. But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her” (Luke 10:41, 42). What was the mistake on the part of Martha? It is just spending most of the time with the vessels. Dear children of God, indeed you have many responsibilities in your family. But in spite of all those responsibilities, you have to allocate time to sit at the feet of God.

Firstly we have to seek the Kingdom of God and His righteousness (Matthew 6:33). When you seek His presence and the sweetness of sitting at His feet, all other responsibilities will become easy and sweet too.

One sister was in great disgust due to her debt problems. The liking towards the food was the root cause of their problem. They enjoyed different food items even by borrowing money. The others made fun of the family saying 'a family spoiled by the craze over food.' Their gluttony for food made them that their entire thought was always over food and as a result, she became a borrower, lost her peace and ultimately the lamp in her which had been covered by the vessel, extinguished.

Dear children of God, is your lamp burning? Or has it been covered by a vessel?

To meditate: “lest there be any fornicator or profane person like Esau, who for one morsel of food sold his birthright” (Hebrews 12:16).