Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Beautiful Offering - Week 6

For the past several weeks, we have been studying Angela Thomas’ Beautiful Offering.
This week our study revolved around being Salt and Light and about being Reconciled. Jesus says in Matthew Chapter 5:

"You are the salt of the earth. You are the light of the world. A city 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 men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.

"Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to your brother; then come and offer your gift.”

Sunday in Bible study we talked about how hard it is to shine like a city on a hill when we aren’t reconciled. It’s hard to shine when we are holding a grudge. It’s hard to be salty enough to make someone thirsty for Christ when we are bitter and judgmental. We may give off a little light and we may be a little salty without being reconciled, but we can’t SHINE with the Glory of God or be the SALT of the earth unless we obey Jesus’ instruction and reconcile to the people in our lives.

Maybe you just let out a sigh of relief because that doesn’t apply to you. Perhaps you aren’t bitter, judgmental, unforgiving, or holding a grudge, but your light is still more like a night light than a spot light. Maybe YOUR light is just supposed to be enough to read your Bible by. Maybe YOUR light isn’t SUPPOSED to shine like a beacon in the night. Or… Perhaps your light is not shining like a city on a hill because you are hesitant to let go and just shine. Perhaps the thought of falling head over heels in love with the Creator of the universe kinda freaks you out. Maybe you aren’t absolutely 100% sure that He is all He claims to be. Perhaps the thought of surrendering your entire life to Christ and losing your control of it scares you to death. Maybe you have trusted Jesus to get you to heaven, but aren’t sure you want to completely trust Him with all the details between here and there. Maybe? Maybe you’re stuck between where you were when God saved you and where He wants to take you. Maybe you’re stuck in the middle.

Dear reader,

We don’t want you to be stuck in the middle. We want you to SHINE. Please don’t settle for giving off 10 or 15 watts of light…just enough light to keep the people around you from running into a wall. Shine like the sun! Chase the darkness out of your life and the lives of everyone who meets you! When you walk in a room, bring the Glory of God with you!

We are praying for you!
FLO Ministry Team