How's it going, Relentless Students? I hope all is well and that you are finding fun, creative ways to stay sane! We are on day 18 of our 30-day Devo, just chugging along. Today we are also shifting our practice. So, instead of guided prayer, we are moving to servitude. Your goal is to find some way to bless those around you.
The verse for today is Matthew 5:14, but to do it justice we are going to look at Matthew 5:13-16 which says,
"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."
This is a very fitting passage to start off a week of servitude. We are to be salt and light to the world. This idea is both of these things are necessary for people. In Jesus' time, salt was used to keep meat for long periods of time without a refrigerator and light is still used today in the same way as then, except they used fire instead of electricity. Both of these items were basically required for living in that time period and these are the items Jesus called us to be. Why would He say that?
Jesus was calling us to be the salt and the light, each meeting a specific need. As salt was meant to keep meat we are called to protect others in times of need. As lights were used to give sight in darkened areas and at night so were we to shine light into a dark world. The idea of both is that we are meeting people's spiritual needs by aiding them in their physical and emotional needs. Thus, we are to be the Salt and Light of the world.
How do we actually do this though? Well, let me answer with another question, are you aware of everything SBC does for the surrounding community? The church serves by providing a food pantry, hygiene pantry, gas cards, Meijer gift cards, food co-op, networking for counselors, networking for job hunting, helping with rent, helping the homeless find shelter, family promise, and many other ways. Our church is constantly doing something to help the community and people notice. That opens the door for us to talk about Christ and how He is the reason we act as we do. You are the Salt and Light, each one of you believers reading this right now, how are you living it?
My challenge for you today is to find a way to serve someone in your neighborhood. Leave them some baked goods on their porch, offer to get their groceries, see if you can do some yard work for them. There are always ways to serve. Also, ask your parents about the different way the church serves the community and find a way, as a family, to get involved.
Our prayer for today,
God, we thank You for another day on Your beautiful earth. We thank You for being who You are each and every day without fail. Give us the strength to be Your hands. May we be the salt and the light to those around us. May we meet their needs and be reflections of You. Inspire us to act, give us a passion for serving others as You do. We love You Lord, and we know You love us even more. We pray all of this in Jesus' name, Amen.