“You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled by men. “You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven. Matthew 5:13-16 (NIV)
Salt And Light
Is that what you want to be? Is what do I want to be? Do you want to be salt and light in the world? Do you want others to give thanks and praise and honor and glory to me because of what they feel and see coming out of your life? Nothing would give me greater hope and joy and pleasure to be salt and light for you in the world. To know that I have been, am, and will be used by you would be very satisfying and gratifying. How can I be salt for you in the world? How can I be a light for you in the world? Those are very good questions. Let me ask you a question. Go ahead, I am listening. Does salt and light originate in you? I’m not sure what you mean. Are you the source of salt and light that will cause others to give thanks and praise and honor and glory to me? Will doing what comes naturally to you bring salt and light to others in the world? Those are easy questions to answer. What are your answers? I am certainly not the source of world changing salt and light, there is no doubt about that. Doing what comes naturally to me will never bring salt and light into the world. My efforts alone will never give others cause to give thanks and praise and honor and glory to you. It is good that you know these thoughts to be true.
So, what then will cause you to be able to live as salt and light in the world? Only living in an intimate relationship with you will allow me to be salt and light in the world. You are the source of any salt and light that will come out of my life. As I allow you to live in and through me, I will salt the world all around me with your flavor. As I allow you to live in and through me, I will bring light into the darkness of the world all around me. Will you live in an intimate relationship with me? Will you draw near to me? Will you walk with me through life? Will you allow me to make you salt and light in the world? Yes Lord, I will. That will be very good.
Heavenly Father help me to be salt on this earth. Help me to bring your flavor to people everywhere. Help me to be a light in the world. Help me to shine in the darkness in such a way that people will give thanks, praise and honor and glory to you. This is my prayer. Amen
Key Question… When have trials tested your perseverance and made your faith stronger?
Living It Out… Allow your light to shine in the world so that people will give thanks and praise to God.
Seeing It Happen… Have faith that God will make your light shine so people will give praise and thanks to Him.
Get Ready To Share… Share with another person or your small group how your light has caused others to give thanks and praise to God.
Prayer To Bless Others… May you let your light shine so that people will give thanks and praise to God.
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