4/12 The Action Gap

Today's episode looks at how we can live out our faith by letting our good deeds shine His reality.

REFLECTION VERSE: “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven." Matt 5:14-16

Good morning this is Pastor Terry and it's time to rise and shine. Hey it's so good to be with you again.

I want to start off by reading from Matthew 5 and this is from the NLT. Jesus said this:
“You are the salt of the earth. But what good is it if salt has lost its flavor. Can you make it salty again? It will be thrown out and trampled underfoot as worthless. You're the light of the world, like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden. No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead a lamp is placed on a stand where it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way—I love this—let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your Heavenly Father.

Let your good deeds shine out. How good is that. That's what God wants. That’s what Rise and Shine is trying to motivate us to do. To live it out, right? Live out our faith in Jesus. We’ve been sorta toggling back and forth between the idea, of you know, closing the gap between our words and our deeds. How both are needed. The Lord really does want us to live a life that shines out his reality so that people will increasingly see Jesus at work in us. We want that. We want our good deeds to show forth. We want to refrain from evil and do what is right.

We want to be a people who speak and represent quality in the way in which we do what we do. And even now Lord, I do ask that you would help us to be a people of good deeds who are loving and compassionate and kind. Slow to anger, slow to wrath. Willing to be open to being your hands and feet in a world that so desperately needs to feel your touch. I just pray that and ask that in Jesus name. Help us to do that. Amen.