You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt should lose its taste, how can it be made salty? It’s no longer good for anything but to be thrown out and trampled under people’s feet. You are the light of the world. A city situated on a hill cannot be hidden. No one lights a lamp and puts it under a basket, but rather on a lampstand, and it gives light for all who are in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.

Matthew 5:13-16 

Devotional

Lent is a great time for us to consider our mission in life.  In this season, we get to look back and remember what Jesus did for us on the cross, and we get to celebrate that He did not stay in the grave but rose again and conquered death.  In John 17:18, Jesus says that we are sent into this world in the same way or just as He was sent into this world by His Father.  Jesus came with a job to do and as He is preparing to finish his mission in life, He tells the disciples and us as well that we have the same mission that He had.  The question that is important for us to understand if we desire to do the mission God has called us to is how do we join Him in the mission that He has to seek and save that which is lost? 

Our mission, like Jesus, is to get close to those who need Him.  That means that we do not just stay in the salt shaker with the other Christians, but we leave where we are comfortable to serve the purpose we were made for.  We love and invest deeply in the lives of those around us who need Jesus just like we do.  Like salt, we get to protect the world from rotting and bring flavor to those around us.  When people see us, they should notice how different we are and yet still want us around, just like they did with Jesus.  We are not to become like the world, but to remain salty, to remain different while at the same time loving and involving ourselves deeply in the lives of those who need Christ.  We are also the light.  Jesus’ is ultimately the light of the world, but His light in us shines to reveal what is true as well as show the way forward.  Jesus’ light in us reveals the sin of this world, and they don’t like it. It also shows us the way toward true life that is only found in Christ. 

The beatitudes that come right before this (Matthew 5:1-12) and all of Jesus teaching changes us into those who are salt and light to a world that is stuck in darkness.  May God use this season of Lent to remind us of the mission that He invites us into.  God makes us different, but not separate from this world.  May we, like Jesus, see the people around us as those who need Christ and love them enough to risk our comfort that they might know true comfort in Christ. 

The fast this week is sleep. Get up a little earlier or go to bed a little later and spend that extra time praying for those who do not yet know Christ or investing time building a relationship with those people during the time you would usually spend otherwise.

 

Discussion Questions

  • Who are some people you know who don’t know God that you can pray for?

  • What are some ways in which we are different from the world?

  • How can we carry out Jesus’ mission to make disciples of all nations?

Prayer

Lord, we pray that you would make us more like yourself.  Help us to see those around us as you see them. Hear our prayer for those who do not know you. We ask that they may come to a saving knowledge of the truth and that Your Name may be praised among all peoples of the world. Lead, guide, and direct us in the days ahead. Amen.

Song:

In Christ Alone
by Keith and Kristyn Getty

In Christ alone my hope is found;
He is my light, my strength, my song;
This cornerstone, this solid ground,
Firm through the fiercest drought and storm.
What heights of love, what depths of peace,
When fears are stilled, when strivings cease!
My comforter, my all in all—
Here in the love of Christ I stand.

In Christ alone, Who took on flesh,
Fullness of God in helpless babe!
This gift of love and righteousness,
Scorned by the ones He came to save.
Till on that cross as Jesus died,
The wrath of God was satisfied;
For ev’ry sin on Him was laid—
Here in the death of Christ I live.

There in the ground His body lay,
Light of the world by darkness slain;
Then bursting forth in glorious day,
Up from the grave He rose again!
And as He stands in victory,
Sin’s curse has lost its grip on me;
For I am His and He is mine—
Bought with the precious blood of Christ.

No guilt in life, no fear in death—
This is the pow’r of Christ in me;
From life’s first cry to final breath,
Jesus commands my destiny.
No pow’r of hell, no scheme of man,
Can ever pluck me from His hand;
Till He returns or calls me home—
Here in the pow’r of Christ I’ll stand.

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