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.”
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
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.
Posted on: 18th June 2018
“‘Each of us should please his neighbour for their good, to build him up.’”
Two men who shared a hospital room ended up becoming friends. One could sit up for an hour every day. His bed was beside the only window. The other man spent his life flat on his back. Each day the man at the window would describe the activity and colour of the outside world: the park overlooking the lake, ducks swimming, children playing, couples walking together, the skyline in the distance.
His friend, who could see none of this, smiled and imagined it all in his mind’s eye. One day the man by the window died and his roommate moved into his place. He propped himself up to look outside and was amazed to see a drab brick wall! Confused, he asked the nurse how come his friend had described the scenery in such glowing terms. She replied, ‘Actually, he was blind, and he couldn’t even see the wall. He just wanted to encourage you.’
Paul said, ‘Each of us should please his neighbour for their good, to build him up.’ There’s great satisfaction in encouraging people, especially when your own situation is less than ideal. One author writes: ‘When you tell someone they’re beautiful, you change how they see themselves. A girl in love thinks she’s the most beautiful girl in the world because her young man said so. When a teacher tells a student he’s smart, he works harder and achieves more. When a parent tells a child she’s loved, she has confidence to reach for the stars.