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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...


 

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May 8, 2013 - Salt and Light

By Dorothy Rugg

Powerful word pictures to describe our relationship with the Lord can be found in the Word of God. Two of the best-known examples are used during Jesus' teaching in Matthew 5:13-16.

"You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt has become tasteless, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled under foot by men. You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden; nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven" (NASB).

We know salt enhances flavor and preserves or slows decay only if the salt itself stays pure. Sodium chloride, a stable compound, cannot lose its saltiness, but it can lose its effectiveness by being diluted! We as ambassadors for the Lord Jesus Christ must be very careful we don't become diluted with the things of the world! We don't want to lose our effectiveness as witnesses of God's love and mercy.

If this Scripture just told us to be the salt of the earth, it would be like we were here only to slow the decay of sin in the world. But it also says we are to be beacons of light. When we accepted Christ into our lives, we were exposed to the Light — Jesus is the light of the world, and light always exposes the darkness.

So this Scripture is telling us to live our lives in such a way that Jesus is seen in us. We need to proclaim the good news — that there is hope in the midst of darkness. That hope is found in Jesus Christ.

As we study the Word of God, we find out what Jesus was like. Through the Word, we see Jesus was compassionate, He was a truth teller, He stood for righteousness, He showed grace and mercy, He was courageous, He didn't look down on people, He ministered healing to people, and He exemplified forgiveness in His very life.

Each of us has a responsibility to let our light so shine that Jesus is seen in us, that He is glorified through our lives so others will be drawn to Him. Don't lose your saltiness, and don't let your light go out.

— Dorothy Rugg and husband James live in Dalton, Pa., and pastor Mill City Assembly of God.

 

 

 

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