Fasting Devotion, Day Nineteen

(Post submitted by Pastor Greg)

Matthew 5:13-16

As our devotions and fast draw to a close, let’s not lose sight of what God is doing “in” us while also working “through” us. Jesus reminds us that we are to be salt and light to our world.

Salt flavours, enhances, and makes palatable the foods we eat. It is not intended to stay in the shaker; in the same way, we aren’t to keep what God is doing to ourselves. Rather, we are to influence the world around us.

Bland, tasteless living can turn into purpose, hope and freedom in Christ once our zest is spread around!

The warmth of light is soothing and comforting. It illuminates dark spaces and brings forth life. Jesus reminds us to let the light within us shine out so that others can find comfort, peace, and direction through Christ.

The more we grow in Christ and allow him to work in us, means Christ can be revealed through us to influence others. Imagine living in such a way that a beautiful, loving, gracious Saviour’s reflection outshines our fleshly tendencies to fall short.  Our kids will see Jesus through our marriages.  Our coworkers and colleagues will testify about Jesus because of the way we carry ourselves at work.  Imagine reaching people for Christ without “saying” a word!

Thank you, dear Jesus, for putting the challenge before me to live as salt and light to this world. Our world SO NEEDS you. May my life be a reflection of your pure light; and, please help me to add flavour and spice to my world for you! I pray for everyone in my world who doesn’t know you personally. Use me to influence them for you. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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