Saturday, October 1, 2011

Light and Salt! - October 1st, 2011

13 “You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men.
14 “You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. 16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.
Matthew 5:13-16

History and Context:
Today we are continuing in the Gospel of Matthew, for History and Context refer back to September 27th.

The Text:
This is Jesus talking at the beginning of the Sermon on the Mount. He starts with what is known as the Beatitudes and leads directly into this; that we are the light and salt of the world. In the Beatitudes Jesus gives us a number of attitudes that we have to have in order to truly fulfill our calling as salt and light. Before we can be true lights in this wordl we have to be poor in spirit, meek, hungry fro righteousness, etc. These things lead up to our light shining before all men. That is because these attitudes get us out of the way and allow the light of Christ, who is in us, to shine through.

The Challenge:
Don't hide your light! Don't hide what you have to give! When you hide then you take away the opportunity for the Father to be glorified in you. Glorify Him! Shine the light of Christ to those around you today.

The Prayer:
Lord, shine through me! Shine your light through me to those around me. Let them see you when they look at me. In Jesus' name, Amen!

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