Read: Matthew 5:13-16
13 “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 underfoot. 14 “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 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. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. (NIV Matthew 5:13-16)
Study: This was the keynote of Jesus’ call to citizens of “the kingdom of God.” He didn’t specify that those who follow him should “go” to a certain place. He called them to live in a certain way for God. In Pennsylvania, the Tri-County Church gave their members T-shirts. On the front, they read, “I don’t go to church,” and on the back, they said, “I AM the church.” That reflected Jesus’ message. As we let God’s light shine through us, we truly ARE the church. Have you ever flown over a city at night? Or driven along a highway from the dark countryside into the light of a city? Think about what it felt like to go from darkness to light. What are the dark corners of your neighborhood, city, and world that need to experience God’s light? What can you do to help shine God’s light into these dark corners?
Prayer: Lord God, if I forget, remind me that “we the people” ARE the church. By your Spirit, help me to live as your light, your physical presence, right here in my Edmond. Amen.