November 11: Christians and the World (Matt 5:13-16)
Matthew 5:16 "Let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven."
In Matthew 5:13-16 Jesus instructs the church on how to relate to the world. The role of government is made clear in Scripture: to promote peace and restrain wrongdoers (Rom 13:1-7; 1 Pet 2:13-17). At the same time, the churches role is also clear: to be salt and light regardless of the political climate. Being salt and light is for the sake of the world, for their betterment both for preservation from moral decay and promotion of goodness and godliness in society. The goal of the church being salt and light is that others might see the reign of God existing in the citizens of the kingdom; in other words, that they might see the glory and beauty of the King. Consider how we as a church are influencing the spheres of relationship to which God has called us: home, community, work, etc. Is the reign of God being displayed through your life in a public way such that others are being challenged and encouraged by it?