51 | A Visible Presence

We sometimes don’t realise how dark it is in a room until someone switches on a light and everything is suddenly much clearer. Humanity is stumbling around in the dark, not realising how different their lives would be if they would just let the light enter in. The light that Jesus brings into our lives shows us who we really are and leaves no area still in darkness. This is sometimes an uncomfortable process, but ultimately brings us true freedom.

Jesus is “the true light, which gives light to everyone”. If He is the sun, we’re like the moon, because as “children of the light”, we simply reflect the light shone into our lives. We are called to point people towards Jesus, so it’s important that we aren’t ashamed of our identity, that we try to hide or dim our light.

We are also called to be “salt of the earth”, an expression that in the English language has strayed from its roots and come to describe anyone who is “reliable or trustworthy” – a decent, good person. Our most common use for salt these days is obviously a seasoning for food – something that enhances the flavour of our meals, but it was often used as a preserving agent to prevent decay. In the same way, we’re called to be much more than “decent” people (though that definitely comes into it), we are to represent Jesus and show the world what the power of His saving grace can do in their lives.

 

Discussion:
Read this together and discuss:

“You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people’s feet.
“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.”
(Matthew 5:13-16)

It’s quite common to talk about being “a light to the world”, but what does it really mean to be “salt”? How are you doing at “seasoning your conversations with salt”?

Action:
Think about what makes your faith “visible” and make an effort to show it to those you see during the week who don’t know Jesus.

Scriptures:
Psalm 107:4-7, Matthew 5:13-16, John 1:92 Corinthians 2:15, Acts 4:13, Philippians 2:15, Colossians 4:61 Thessalonians 5:5

 

Wednesday 15 to Tuesday 21 March 2017 | © Jesus Fellowship Church
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