I have been greatly challenged as we have considered Jesus’ foundations for the good life as taught in the beatitudes over the past six weeks. I have had to consider a number of my attitudes, notwithstanding my motivation, as I seek to serve God. Last week, following our teaching on persecution, I was very much forced to consider to likelihood of persecution after hearing of the abduction of Dr. Ken and Jocelyn Elliot in Burkina Faso. These people have served the Lord faithfully for 43 years in this country. In their early 80s they are now held as hostages as I write. They left Australia because they believed the people needed to know and experience the love of God. They have continually been ‘salt’ and ‘light’ to the needy people of a very poor community where they resided. They are courageous people! Yet they are no different to you and me!
Today we welcome Jason Lee into the pulpit to conclude our time in the beatitudes. We will consider Jesus’ teaching about being ‘salt’ and ‘light’ in the communities that we are presently living. Jesus is calling us to make a difference in these communities by the way we live and the things that we do as His followers. In fact, if we are living lives pleasing to God, then our light for Him will shine and make a difference to the lives of others.
Next week, we continue on with our 2016 theme of ‘Connecting Sundays to Mondays…’ by starting a new series on becoming distinctive disciples in the home, workplace, school, university, church and community. My desire is to help you become this distinctive disciple where you reach in to all that you have learned to positively impact the lives of others viz. your family, friends, colleagues and neighbours. Make sure you add to this time of learning by signing up for a Grace Group today – it is that important!