Matthew Lesson 5 Day 5

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Matthew Lesson 5 Day 5

Matthew 5:13-16

Believers are the salt of the earth and the light of the world.

15a) Salt

  • Used to flavor food. It transforms bland food into tasty food.
  • Makes us thirsty.
  • Used for cleansing and healing.
  • Preserving food items.

b) Salty Christians

  • Be the flavor of God in the lives of others
  • Make others thirsty for the living water that flows from our lives.
  • Heal the sick
  • Make disciples
  • If we become saltier, and we bring the kingdom of God near to others.

16a) Light

Light is used to dispel darkness. It illuminates everything around it.

Even a tiny spark of light is visible in total darkness.

b) Get my own selfishness out of the way, so the light of God can shine. Look for opportunities to share the good news, and do all that God puts in my heart to do.

‘Let your light so shine before men that they may see your moral excellence and your praiseworthy, noble, and good deeds and recognize and honor and praise and glorify your Father Who is in heaven.”  Matthew 5:16 AMPC

17) Godly character makes us salt and light to the world.

So the world will know that something about us is different about us in our conduct, habits, tastes, and thoughts.

“work out (cultivate, carry out to the goal, and fully complete) your own salvation with reverence and awe and trembling (self-distrust, with serious caution, tenderness of conscience, watchfulness against temptation, timidly shrinking from whatever might offend God and discredit the name of Christ). [Not in your own strength] for it is God who is all the while effectually at work in you [energizing and creating in you the power and desire], both to will and to work for His good pleasure and satisfaction and delight.” Philippians 2:12-13

I especially like the “not in our own strength” part. That makes it doable.

Ask Him to work within me to have an even greater desire to be more like Him, so that His love shines brightly through me causing others to glorify God.

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