Make a Difference—Day 5

By on Apr 7, 2017 in Make a Difference |

Make a Difference—Day 5 Matthew 5: 13-16 “Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.” We conclude this week’s devotiona by meditating on the final verse for this week’s devotional. “Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.” The writer of our devotional passage begins to give more insight into what this light is that we are to let shine. It is the good that we do that flows from who and whose we are. As believers we are to be known for doing good. Can we imagine how many lives would be touched and souls impacted if we went about doing good? This good that is expected from us knows no bound. Whether at work, school, civic functions or community events, there ought to be a goodness that flows...

Making a Difference—Day 4

By on Apr 6, 2017 in Make a Difference |

Making a Difference—Day 4 Matthew 5: 13-16 “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden.” Today we focus our meditation time looking at verse 14 of our devotional passage. Jesus says, “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden.” I had the pleasure of living fifteen years in beautiful Denver, Colorado. One night I saw something I had not noticed during my daytime drives—there were towns in the foothills of the mountains. All of the lights that lit up the foothills at night made it impossible for those boroughs to be hidden from view although they were unnoticed during the day. No matter where we were in the city, we could see the lights in the foothills. This visibility was possible because the cities were elevated and the elevation allowed the lights to stand out. Our devotional passage makes it clear that we...

Make a Difference—Day 3

By on Apr 5, 2017 in Make a Difference |

Make a Difference—Day 3 Matthew 5: 13-16 “If the salt has become tasteless, how can it be made salty again?” As we begin today’s devotional, let us meditate on the first question the writer of the text raises. “If the salt has become tasteless, how can it be made salty again?” I cannot help but wonder, “How does salt become tasteless?” If it is not salty, then it is not salt. Although scientifically it is impossible for salt to lose its saltiness; it was not impossible for Jesus’ audience to imagine salt losing its potency. The ancient world was already accustomed to salt being impure. The salt that washed up on the shore from the Dead Sea would have other minerals mixed with it. Thus, causing it to lose effectiveness immediately. In the ancient world, a lump of salt mineral was used for two significant purposes. First, to add flavoring to the food....

Make a Difference—Day 2

By on Apr 4, 2017 in Make a Difference |

Make a Difference—Day 2 Matthew 5: 13-16 “You are the salt of the earth; You are the light of the world.” This passage was written using images of salt and light to place emphasis on why it is important for us as believers to be different and be seen as different. Oh, how often much energy and effort is put into attempting to blend with secular communities. What do we really have in common? For Jesus to stress both salt and light, it is apparent that he expects nothing less than our producing and standing out among others. It is not a standing out which draws attention to ourselves, but, a standing out that allows others to see our good works and glorify our Father. The world we live in is made better when we simply walk out what is expected of us. Question: How much trouble could we drive out if we live as salt and light? Salt designates us as an element in the earth,...

Make a Difference

By on Apr 3, 2017 in Make a Difference | 1 comment

Make a Difference Matthew 5: 13-16 “You are the salt of the earth; You are the light of the world.” My wife is a great cook and I would often ask her to cook grits for breakfast whenever we had a big breakfast. One particular day she could not cook grits and she attempted to encourage me to cook them myself. I told her, “I tried once and it didn’t taste anything like yours.” She decided to come and teach me how to cook grits. As we stood there over the stove, I watched as she boiled the water then added salt. It was then I began to say, “Oh, I never add salt to the grits I cook.”  She replied, “The salt is what makes the difference.” That day I learned the difference between a delicious bowl of grits and a bland bowl of grits was a pinch of salt. Today, as we begin this week’s devotional meditating on this popular passage,...