Monday, September 21, 2020

Salt and Light and the presence of God


Matthew 5:13-1

"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's another way to put it: You're here to be light, bringing 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 with God, this generous Father in heaven.”

The teaching here is simple and clear. Jesus’ followers are to influence culture by being Jesus’ presence-to bear God’s image and demonstrate God’s likeness. The Beatitudes describe the inner transformation needed.  The rest of the sermon will describe how that transformation works it’s way out-what demonstrating God’s presence looks like. Are you ready to open your heart to God? 

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