Salt and Light
of Matthew (Sermon on the Mount). Do you remember those chapters as
significant in your understanding of worship?
First, can you fill in the blank?
"Let your light so shine before men that they may see your good works and
That's got to have something to do with worship, not necessarily
Sunday-morning corporate worship, but the kind we do all day long, all week
long. Here's how these verses sound in THE MESSAGE (Matthew 5:13-16).
SALT AND LIGHT
"Let me tell you why you are here. You're here to be salt-seasoning that
brings out the God-flavors of this earth. If you lose your saltiness, how
will people taste godliness? You've lost your usefulness and will end up in
Here's another way to put it: You're here to be light, bringing out the
God-colors in the world. God is not a secret to be kept. We're going public
with this, as public as a city on a hill. If I make you light-bearers, you
don't think I'm going to hide you under a bucket, do you? I'm putting you
there on a light stand. Now that I've put you there on a hilltop, on a light
stand - shine! Keep open house; be generous with your lives. By opening up to
others, you'll prompt people to open up with God, this generous Father in
- Matthew 5:13-16 from THE MESSAGE: The New Testament in Contemporary
English, by Eugene H. Peterson, NavPress, 1993.
Perhaps our morning prayer should end with a tuneful resolve, "This little
light of mine, I'm gonna let it shine."
Have a great week. SHINE ON!