Thursday's Thought for Sunday's Service
February 2, 2017
This week’s Thursday’s Thought for Sunday’s Service is based upon Matthew 5:13-20:
““You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot. “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. For truly I tell you, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished. Therefore anyone who sets aside one of the least of these commands and teaches others accordingly will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever practices and teaches these commands will be called great in the kingdom of heaven. For I tell you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the Pharisees and the teachers of the law, you will certainly not enter the kingdom of heaven.”
(Matthew 5:13–20, NIV)
God has us in mind and is calling us, so give attention. We are a forgiven people. In this let’s not just cling to the words "you are forgiven," but absorb their message and respond with holy living. It’s then when we function as the church, the body of Christ.
O Lord, help us to follow those saints who have gone on before us, those who responded to and magnified the Lord, those who have faithfully offered their witness of your presence in the world. From within their memory, please help us continue to carry on your radiant legacy.
We are a forgiven people! The Spirit of God is within the church, because it is in the heart of every Christian, giving attention to our deepest needs filling us with strength to serve and love, encouraging us to testify as witnesses, and enabling us to carry high the banner of Christ.
Hide God's light under a bushel? No! Let it shine for all the world to see.
Pastor Rich Wagner