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Matthew 5: 13-16
Salt and Light
"Let me tell you why you are here. You're here to be salt-seasoning that brings out the God-flavors of this earth. If you lose your saltiness, how will people taste godliness? You've lost your usefulness and will end up in the garbage."
"Here is another way to put it; You're here to light, bring out the God-colors in the world. God is not a secret to be kept. We're going public with this, as public as a city on a hill. If I make you light-bearers, you don't think I'm going to hide you under a bucket, do you? I'm putting you on a light stand. Now that I've put you there on a hilltop, on a light stand - shine! Keep open house; be generous with your lives. By opening up to others, you'll prompt people to open up to God, this generous Father in heaven."
Our spirit doesn't change as we get older,it is very much alive as we age. Jesus described the mystery by saying "You are the light of the world". Not exclusively in your youth, or your prime, but always. This day.
Today, I am called to be attuned to the wonders of everyday life, great and small. I pray for eyes to see all that is before me.
Have a blessed week.
Sunday, March 14, 2010
Saints and Scriptures Sunday - Matthew 5: 13-16
Posted by Beverly@Beverly's Back Porch at 12:05 AM
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"the seasoning that brings out the God-flavors of this earth " - I really like that. I'm going to try to season my interactions with others carefully this week!ReplyDelete
Very insightful, Preacher Bev. I have heard this all my life, but you really brought it home.ReplyDelete
This reminds me of the old song we used to sing when we were kids ... "this little light of mine". One of the verses talks about NOT hiding your light under a bushel, but rather letting it shine. We're called to share Christ's light with others ... this is easier some times than others.ReplyDelete
I did have to smile, too, as salt was mentioned on your cooking blog!