Matthew 5:13-20 English Standard Version (ESV)
Salt and Light
Christ Came to Fulfill the Law
Are you effected by the world, or is the world effected by you? It's a simple question, but one that means a whole lot today. I know that for all of us, it is a bit of both, but how much of each is it?
I know a lot of people who are extremely effected by everything that goes on in the world. They are often overly dramatic and full of life, but also are tossed to and fro by every wind of change that comes along. I love these kinds of people, but sometimes they get on my nerves, especially when they get to complaining.
All of us can be that way. We can get to a point in our lives that we are only effected by the world and have no effect on it ourselves. Actually, it's not even us who effects the world, it's the Holy Spirit who works through us, but when we get into one of those moods where "everybody hates me, nobody likes me, I should go eat worms" kind of moods, we are losing are saltiness and keeping our light hid under a bushel. We are muting the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives.
Now, I'm not saying that we have to walk around all happy and cheerful all the time. Those people drive me nuts too. What I am saying is that we have a most wonderful and beautiful gift in the fact that the Holy Spirit lives in us. Because He lives in us, we have the fruits of the Spirit, namely love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self control.
Don't mute the Holy Spirit. Don't let the devil get you down by pointing to everything that is sinful in this world. Instead be the salt of the earth and add the flavor of the Holy Spirit to it! Be the light of the world and bring light into the darkness of many live by living in those fruits of the Spirit.
Let us pray: Lord, make me the salt of the earth and the light of the world by Your Holy Spirit, that I may have more of an effect on the world than the world has on me. Amen.
Thurs- Alzheimers Caregiver support group 1pm; Lutheranism 101 6:30pm
Sat- Worship 5pm
Sun- Worship 8:30 and 11; Sunday school and Adult Bible class 9:45; Shop with Scrip Orders Due
WORSHIP WORKERS FOR THIS COMING WEEKEND:
Acolyte- 8:30- Loren Howard 11- Gus Klaustermeier
Ushers- Scott Heitgerd, Jim Huster, Bob Linke, Tom Linke
Altar- Set up- Jodi Baldwin; Clean up- Pam Linke
Elders- Sat- Dave Winter; 8:30- Roy Bohning; 11- Randy Sweet
Greeters- 8:30- John and Anna Hoenig; 11- Al and Karen Benton
Lay Readers- Sat- Marcia Sevier; 8:30- Roy Bohning; 11- Randy Sweet
Piano- Barb Dreyer