Let your light shine and live …

I had the pleasure of attending the celebration of life for LTC Mark Weber Friday and help with the celebration following the service. Pastor Kris shared Matthew 5:13-16 as the Gospel lesson.

“You are the salt of the earth. But what good is salt if it has lost its flavor?
Can you make it salty again? It will be thrown out and trampled underfoot as worthless.”
“You are the light of the world—like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden.
No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house.
In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father.”
This scripture and Kris’s sermon got me thinking about letting our light shine through prayer and thus our life. It got me thinking about prayer as a lifestyle. In what ways do you hide your light?

1. Do you go along with the crowd, even when you know that God wouldn’t approve?

2. Do you let sin dim your light?

3. Do you deny the light; denying that you are Christian?

4. Do you keep quiet when you should speak up about Jesus?

5. Do you explain your light to others? Do you tell others about how wonderful Jesus is?

6. Do you pray for others?

7. Do you ignore the needs of others?

All these questions can be turned into examples of ways to let your light shine and live your life as a testimony. Live your life and let your light shine!

In his book Tell My Sons Mark wrote “My family cries, we yell, we laugh, and we try to talk about what all of this will ultimately mean for them. Mostly we focus on living the life we have and focusing on what we can do when things don’t go as we want.” Live your life and let your light shine!

Prayer – Lord, we want to be the salt of the earth and the light of the world. We want to make life more tasteful for everyone, we want to let our light shine. And we want our lives to show people the right way to live. Help us to keep having godly attitudes so that others will know that we are Christians and will want to know You better. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.

Author’s Note: I’m preparing to leave on a mission trip with high school youth from Easter. We are heading to New Jersey next Saturday to help with the recovery effort from Hurricane Sandy. I’m hoping to see lots of shining light next week through the kids and the service that we will be doing. I’m hoping to see relationships grow. I invite you to pray for us as we serve in the hurricane ravaged area of the New Jersey shore.
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Reflection 14: Never Walk in Darkness

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When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” – John 8:12

How comforting it is to know that we will never again walk in darkness, thanks to the love of our God and the death and resurrection of His Son. What are some ways in which you feel comforted by knowing you will never walk in darkness?

Prayer: Dear Jesus, how we love you, and how we appreciate that you are the light of the world. Shine down on us today and every day, so that we can shine on others.

-Denise Sjoberg

 

Reflection 13: All Things Work Together

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We know all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose. – Romans 8:28.

Have you ever experienced something related to what this bible verse says? Did something bad happen to you, but God turned it around somehow, using the bad situation to bring about something good? Why is that, do you think?

Prayer: Holy God, many things happen we cannot understand. We trust that you love us no matter what, and that you will “write straight with crooked lines.”

-Julie McCarty

 

Reflection 12: Knowledge of God’s Glory Within Us

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For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ.
– 2 Corinthians 4:6

We each have the light of knowledge of God’s glory within us – a wonderful gift from a wonderful God! How can you use that knowledge today to give back to the world?

Prayer: Glorious God, you are an amazing God, and we are so very grateful for all you have done for us. help us use the knowledge of your goodness and glory for the goodness and glory of your world.

-Denise Sjoberg

Reflection 11: Into His Light

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He called you out of darkness, into His wonderful light. – 1 Peter 2:9

There is no reason to live in darkness. God has called each of us into His wonderful light, to live and love in Him who first loved us. When times are dark, can you remember that God’s light never grows dim?

Prayer: Dear God, thank you for flooding us with your love light all the time, everywhere, no matter what.

-Denise Sjoberg

Reflection 10: Caring for our Neighbors

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I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me…The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’ – Matthew 25:36, 40

By following Jesus’ example of caring for our neighbor, we become the hands and feet of Christ. Have you been the caretaker? Have you been the recipient? How did each one feel?

Prayer: Lord Jesus, thank you for teaching us to care for each other, just as you care so deeply for us. Amen!

-Laura Ring

Reflection 9: Hospitality

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Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by doing that some have entertained angels without knowing it. – Hebrews 13:2.

What are my attitudes towards “strangers”? How do I express the love of Christ to all I meet (rich/poor, citizen/foreigner, Christian/non-Christian, straight/gay, etc.)?

Prayer: Jesus, in your human nature, did you ever feel uncomfortable around certain people? or were you just so overflowing with the Spirit that you loved all from the moment you entered human flesh? Whatever the case, help me to love others even more!

-Julie McCarty