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1st Dec 2021


Fit in, Stand out

Christ the ‘Light of the World’ shines His light through His people.
Their lives making a difference through being distinctively different.
As they walk & talk in God’s world, God’s way they Fit in but Stand out.


You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste (its strength, its quality), how can its saltness be restored?
It is not good for anything any longer but to be thrown out and trodden underfoot by men.
You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden.
Nor do men light a lamp and put it under a peck measure, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all in the house.
Let your light so shine before men that they may see your moral excellence and your praiseworthy, noble,
and good deeds and recognize and honour and praise and glorify your Father Who is in heaven.

Matthew 5:13-16 AMPLIFIED


The followers of Christ are a distinctive people.
Because of Christ in their lives they bring out the God colours & flavours in this world.
Agents of change & transformation. Pouring out or scattering salt & turning on & shining light.
Salting & lighting the truths of God & values of His Kingdom wherever they go.
Walking & talking in a distinctly different way. In thought, word & deed behaving in a godly manner.
Making a difference because of Christ’s presence in them.

We are not of this world but we are for this world (John 17:14-17).
The good works (Ephesians 2:10) that God has prepared for us to walk in bringing the blessing of God’s love, light & life to others.
Because Christ lives in you your presence benefits your home, street, workplace – everywhere you go.
His Light shines through you to dispel darkness.
You carry the light & fragrance of Christ wherever you go (2 Corinthians 2:14-15).
His fragrance emanates & diffuses through you to touch others.

Our light comes from Christ’s presence in us.
Our saltiness, taste or fragrance from the godly truths & morals we embrace & embody.
How we live matters & influences other people in so many differing ways.
Salt & light are huge impactors & influencers. Powerful transformative elements.
What they touch gets transformed.
May Christ transform people & places through you as you fit in but stand out.

For Reflection

  • Am I an effective diffuser of the fragrance of Christ?
  • How distinctive is my Christian life? Does it really stand out?
  • Mediate upon the transforming power of salt & light.

A song relating to the theme:


Prayer

Heavenly Father,
Thank you that the fragrance of Christ diffuses through me,
Through the power of Your indwelling Spirit increasingly make me an agent for Kingdom transformation.
May I walk & talk in a godly manner,
Use me to impact & influence all around me.
In the mighty name of Jesus,
Amen.

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