Being salt & Light... at Easter
"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. 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." - Matthew 5:13-16
We hope you've enjoyed part of the Being Salt & Light community over Lent. We've been praying that you've felt challenged and inspired by the reflections and dares in the weekly emails.
Have you been doing the dares? Tell us what you've been up - we'd love to hear!
Here's the final reflection for this year's series...
When I think of Easter, I think of food. In fact, one of my favourite reads is the BBC Good Food Magazine at Easter – the pictures alone are positively drool-inducing. I don’t just mean the chocolate eggs that seem to fill the shops from January, but sitting around the dinner table with my friends, tucking into a wonderfully cooked dinner.
A meal together means much more than the food. It’s about the coming together of people, the conversation shared, and loving one another well. I think that hospitality is some of the best evangelism we can do, especially at Easter. Not only does it suit a modern culture that loves food, but its roots are from the Seder in Passover (which Jesus would have celebrated) where people came together for a service over a meal.
As Christians at Easter we are refreshed by the reminder of what Jesus has done for us. As we are reminded of the resurrection and God’s everlasting love for us, we should be moved to invite others into this. We are the salt of the earth, called to make a difference to society.
Would my Easter Sunday roast lamb taste the same without a bit of salt? Similarly, we have the opportunity to add much more to people’s lives by inviting them to know Jesus.
Through hospitality we can show God’s generosity and love to others, they might see some of God’s character or perhaps we are adding a little more ‘saltiness’ to their lives. It doesn’t have to be an extravagant dinner; just to open your home to someone and be yourself is more than enough.
I wonder how different our lives would look if we lived with the truth of Easter in mind; if we expected God to work in us, through us and around us, rather than being surprised when he does! Can we be more expectant this Easter?
Invite someone you don’t know over to your house for coffee (and maybe a hot cross bun seeing as it's Easter!).
Invite someone who isn’t from church to come to your house for Easter lunch. Perhaps you could invite them to come to church with you first?
Thanks again for being part of the Being Salt & Light community - we hope to see you join us again next Lent!
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