PRINCIPLES FOR CHRISTIAN LIVING – Rev Joshua Talena

(Matthew 5:16) Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good work and glorify your Father, which is in heaven

As children of God, we must live as God expects us to live. There are certain characteristics that those who are part of God’s kingdom should exhibit. Our action, behavior and conduct – what I call the ABC of Christianity – are to reflect who we are – Ambassadors of Christ. Christians are to live according to the principles as stated by Jesus in Matthew 5:13-16. Jesus used salt and light as examples to picture the way Christians should live.

Christians are to live as salt to the world. Salt is used as a preservative and as a flavouring agent. As preservative, it retards and prevents decay, and as flavouring agent, it brings out the taste of food. As Christians, our lives should retard the spread of evil and bring flavor (good taste) to our society.

Christians are to live as Light to the World. Light illuminates what is in the dark. To intentionally hide light is to purposely deny others its benefits. Light is to be put in a prominent place, such as on a lampstand. As Christians, we should live in such a way that people see how we live and want to know more about God.

Child of God, how are you living? Are you an Ambassador of Christ? Are you representing Christ here on earth? God is looking for sons and daughters who will represent His kingdom. Yes I know that living as God expects – salt and light – could be challenging, especially in a world that is increasingly hostile to Christianity. In spite of this, we are called to live according to God’s Word.

Meditation: Our attitudes, behavior and action – what I call the ABC of Christianity – are to reflect God’s nature. I want to ask you: Are you living as salt and as light to the world? Does your attitude, behaviour and action reflect God’s nature?

RM: The Value of Christianity

Prayer: My Father, use me to leave an expression of your love and kindness. Make me salt and light to my generation. Let people see You in me. May I reflect your very nature, in Jesus name – Amen.

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