Jesus continued explaining why he was telling stories about the kingdom of God. "If you had a lamp for light in your house, would you cover it with a basket or stick it under a bed? Of course not! You'd put it on a table in a place where it could provide light for the whole room.
Everything that is currently in the shadows will eventually come to light. These stories aren't about preserving secrets but about eliminating them. Pay attention -- if you can. This is important!
Then he said to them, "Again, listen up! The criteria you use to size-up others will be used to size-up you -- except in your case with even tougher scrutiny -- divine scrutiny. And those who are found to have a share in the kingdom, will be given even more shares. But those who don't have a share in the kingdom, they will be stripped of everything.
THE COMMON ENGLISH BIBLE
11 Jesus said to them, “Does anyone bring in a lamp in order to put it under a basket or a bed? Shouldn’t it be placed on a lampstand? 22 Everything hidden will be revealed, and everything secret will come out into the open. 23 Whoever has ears to listen should pay attention!”
24 He said to them, “Listen carefully! God will evaluate you with the same standard you use to evaluate others. Indeed, you will receive even more. 25 Those who have will receive more, but as for those who don’t have, even what they don’t have will be taken away from them.”