Week of September 8 - Day 2

Day 2 Read: Matthew 5:13-16

“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. 

Reflect: What do you think it means to be the light of Christ? In what situations do people tend to hide their light “under a basket”?

Consider: In light of the countercultural perspectives enunciated in the Beatitudes, it would be easy to assume that Jesus was calling his followers to a separatistic or quasimonastic life-style. Here Jesus proclaims precisely the opposite. Christians must permeate society as agents of redemption. [1]

Respond: Look more closely at John 8:12. If Jesus is the Light of the world, what does that imply about the world? What does it imply about you? In addition to sharing the message of salvation, what other positive effects can Christians have on the world when they refuse to keep their relationship with Jesus private?

[1] Craig Blomberg, Matthew, vol. 22, The New American Commentary (Nashville: Broadman & Holman Publishers, 1992), 102.