by Carolyn Skinner
God has generous gifts for people outside of the church, for businesses, for those in our workplaces, and for our schools. And the phenomenal thing is he wants to give them through us. So today, live church outside the building. Get out into the streets, and be the encounter between God and those who have never met him.
I often say to fellow believers that they might be the only Bible people read. I think this is what Carolyn Skinner is saying here.
“Let me tell you why you are here. You’re here to be salt-seasoning that brings out the God-flavours of this earth. If you lose your saltiness, how will people taste godliness? … Here’s another way to put it: You’re here to be light, bringing out the God-colours in the world.”
(Matthew 5:13–14 MSG)
I prefer the NIV for this as I actually think it’s easier to understand:
““You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot. “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden.”
Matthew 5:13-14 NIV
So don’t hide the fact that you’re a believer and let people know.
Ask God to show you the opportunities around you today, and simply be more prayerful and intentional in the places you go to.
Pray for a colleague in the workplace. Or, sit in a coffee shop and ask God what he might like to say to someone else in there – then go and tell them.
Find a stranger in the street! Ask them, ‘Is there anything I can pray about for you?’
What did I do?
Honestly I was horrified at the red option. The thought of stopping a random stranger in the street and asking to pray for them is a mountain to overcome for me. You have to be a total extrovert to be able to do that and not sound like you’ve just been released from a secure facility back into care into the community!
As I was reading today’s act I received a message from a new friend who is grieving on the anniversary of the loss of a loved one. I had messaged her earlier and she confirmed what I already knew – that she was feeling awful.
She is not a believer but I asked if there was anything I could pray for and I prayed for strength and for God’s love to surround her today.
During this exchange, my Bible verse for the day popped up on my screen. I shared it with her too. It was:
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28
I’ve been consciously looking for opportunities to pray and have prayed for friends and neighbours (doing my new prayer walk) today.
Still not managed to make it to yellow or red – that’s a much braver person than me.