Let Your Light Shine

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Reading the Word

Matthew 5:13–16 (ESV)

13 “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.

14 “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 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. 16 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.

Understanding and Applying the Word

How we live is important. It not only affects our relationship with God, but it affects how the non-believing world thinks about God. Christians are the chief representatives of God in the world. 2 Corinthians 5:20 states, “Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us.” How we live as God’s people can have the effect of driving people away or helping them to give glory to our Father in heaven.

As followers of Christ, we have been called to go into the world and proclaim the gospel. We do that through the words we speak and through the lives we live. Let us not forget that we represent our Lord to the world. Let us seek to do everything in such a way to bring glory and honor to him.

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Salt with No Taste

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Reading the Word

Luke 14:34–35 (ESV)

34 “Salt is good, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? 35 It is of no use either for the soil or for the manure pile. It is thrown away. He who has ears to hear, let him hear.”

Causing Others to Sin

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Reading the Word

Mark 9:42–50 (ESV)

42 “Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him if a great millstone were hung around his neck and he were thrown into the sea. 43 And if your hand causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life crippled than with two hands to go to hell, to the unquenchable fire. 45 And if your foot causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life lame than with two feet to be thrown into hell. 47 And if your eye causes you to sin, tear it out. It is better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye than with two eyes to be thrown into hell, 48 ‘where their worm does not die and the fire is not quenched.’ 49 For everyone will be salted with fire. 50 Salt is good, but if the salt has lost its saltiness, how will you make it salty again? Have salt in yourselves, and be at peace with one another.”

Parallel Texts: Matthew 18:6-9; Luke 17:1-2

Understanding and Applying the Word

In our current world, we often hear people say things like “Do whatever makes you happy” or “I can do whatever I want.” However, in our passage for today, Jesus warns us that our actions are judged in a greater way than that. Everything we do has an impact on others. Every choice we make affects not just us, but others. Jesus’ words warn us that we will be held accountable if we cause others to fall into sin.

Jesus’ description of the punishment awaiting those who lead others away from Christ tell us how serious of a matter this is. The punishment is described as “unquenchable fire” and a place “where their worm does not die.” It would be better to cut off a hand, lose a foot, or gouge out an eye than to fall into sin that leads us and others away from Christ. We must maintain our saltiness (i.e. distinction from the world) as we live in this world.

When you think about your life, is it one that would please Christ? Is it one that young believers should emulate? Is your life one that shines as a light in the world that points unbelievers to Jesus? If someone were to follow in your steps, would those steps lead them closer to Jesus or away from him? May we live in such a way that Jesus is glorified in all we do.

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