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Salt & Light (1 August)

Morning Encounter:

Read: 

You are like salt for everyone on earth. But if salt no longer tastes like salt, how can it make food salty? All it is good for is to be thrown out and walked on. You are like light for the whole world. A city built on top of a hill cannot be hidden, and no one would light a lamp and put it under a clay pot. A lamp is placed on a lampstand, where it can give light to everyone in the house. Make your light shine, so that others will see the good that you do and will praise your Father in heaven.

(Matthew 5.13-16)

Reflect: 

Having now opened the gates of the kingdom to all people, Jesus continues to turn the world upside down by suggesting that they are salt of the earth and the light of the world! Those who were marginalised, neglected, poor in spirit and body and thought to be without a hope are invited to live in God’s kingdom. Consider for a moment how Paul (formerly Saul), Mary, Matthew the tax collector and many others had their lives turned around and became salt and light to our world.

Respond: 

As you have been shown wonderful grace and love. Be a person of grace and love to those you interact with today – for they too are welcome to join God and his kingdom.

Midday Meditation:

Every time you love, every time you include someone who’s lonely, encourage someone who’s defeated, every time you challenge somebody who’s wandering off the path, every time you serve the under-resourced – it is a sign that the kingdom is once more breaking into the world.’

(John Ortberg)

Evening Reflection:

Author of the world, walk with me
Ruler of the earth, walk with me
Calmer of the storm, walk with me
Healer of my heart, walk with me

How I need You
How I need You
Oh Jesus, walk with me

In Your presence Lord there is peace, there is rest
In Your presence Lord there is life that never ends
In Your presence Lord there is joy there is joy
In Your presence Lord there is life that never ends

(Walk With Me, Jesus Culture with Martin Smith)

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