Daily email Number 350 – from the Vicar

Our passage today is Matthew Chapter 5 verses 13-16, which is about our witness as Christians, followers of Jesus.
Salt, then and now, was used both for flavouring and preserving, and so Jesus seems to be saying that Christians bring a certain distinctiveness, a certain flavouring if you like, to the world around us.  We are meant to be different, to make people think about their own beliefs and values, and see that there is a better way. However, if we lose our saltiness, if we cease to be distinctive, if we just act the same as everybody else around us, then a major part of our role has gone (v.13).And experience tells us that if an individual Christian or the church as an institution falls from grace, or just caves in to the culture around, it can take a long time for them to regain the trust or good standing in a community.
We probably are more familiar with the verse in John’s Gospel (Ch.8 v.12) where Jesus says, ‘I am the light of the world…’  However, here Jesus is saying that His followers are also the light of the world, because we are reflecting His light to the world around.  We and our faith are meant to shine for Him, so that everyone knows we are Christians by our word and deeds, because as Jesus says, a city on a hill cannot be hidden, it just can’t; and you don’t put a lamp under a bowl, that is pointless (vs.14-15)However, being salt and light isn’t for our own honour and glory, but for the Lord’s, so that people ‘may see your good deeds and praise our Father in heaven’ (v.16).
These are challenging words, but it is worth asking the question, ‘Who are you and I going to be salt and light for today?’
In our prayers for those on the church address list, let us pray today for,- Nova- Shirley and family

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