Be Salt and Light


St Wilfrid's Devotional Blog - Be Blessed

Posted on: 2nd March 2020

“In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”
Matthew 5:13-16

What is your light? How can you let it shine?

A man went to the police station and said, “I’d like to report a crime.” The police officer said, “What crime has taken place?” The man replied, “Sodium Chloride.” The police officer looked puzzled, saying, “That’s not a crime.” “No” the man replied, “But it is a salt.”

When you consider the chemistry behind salt you notice an amazing transformation from the elements that it is made from to the properties of the compound. Sodium, a reactive metal; Chlorine, a poisonous gas. Sodium Chloride, used to flavour and preserve food. Even this speaks of the difference an encounter with God can have. Jesus’ challenge to the disciples was for them to realise their mission; to add flavour and bring the good news of salvation and to maintain their ‘saltiness’.

How can we apply the words of Jesus today? In what areas of your life do you carry a message of hope, of salvation, of preservation? In your words and thoughts about others, do you speak life and truth? When you consider your own opportunities and future, do you speak life over yourself or are you self-critical and negative?

This week, consider the challenge of Jesus, to be salt and light. Salt and light both impact those around them. They are used to make a difference. How are you making a positive difference to others? Have you lost your saltiness? Were there great things you used to do that you have stopped? Ask God to give you fresh opportunities to add salt and light to others this week.

Devotional Prayer – S Gornall

Dear Lord,

We remember your words: ‘let your light shine before others’. We ask that you may help us use Jesus’ example of being the light of the world to enable us to think of others before ourselves. We also ask that you may spread light on situations that we may be finding difficult at this time – help us find the right path. As we look forward and prepare for Easter Sunday during lent, we remember Jesus’s good deed by dying for us on the cross. We give thanks for Jesus’ love and we pray that we may be able to set Jesus’ example by helping others in our local community.

Amen

Lord direct us to live life to the full

Expectations


St Wilfrid's C of E Academy - Devotional Blog - Expectations

Posted on: 4th September 2018

“And he [Jesus] was handed the book of the prophet Isaiah. And when he opened the book, He found the place where it was written…”
Luke 4:17

Expectations. What are yours this year? Do you have any? Are you ready to face the new term?
 
It was lovely to start the new year as staff with a Eucharist service at St Luke’s with Rev Cath Brooks. Her message was both inspiring and challenging. In Luke 4, Jesus picked up the scroll for that day and found the scripture that declared that the spirit of the Lord was upon him for a purpose. This heralded the start of Jesus’ mission on earth.
 
Maybe if you are a new member to the Saint Wilfrid’s family then this is the start of your mission. Maybe you have been around for a while but this could also be your time to take on the challenge to live out a new calling or mission.
 
Whatever stage you are at, we pray that this year is one that you experience and recognise the favour of God in your life.
 
Maybe this could be the year of the Lord’s favour for us all. Remember too the challenge from Rev Cath; If God was to show you favour this year, what could you see happen?