Rachel's letter March 2022

Dear friends

Do you know why you are here? What you are called to do and be right now, in this moment? These words from Matthew 5 have been resonating with me this week:

13 “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? You’ve lost your usefulness and will end up in the garbage.”

Here’s another way to put it: 14-16 “You’re here to be light, bringing out the God-colours in the world. God is not a secret to be kept. We’re going public with this, as public as a city on a hill. If I make you light-bearers, you don’t think I’m going to hide you under a bucket, do you? I’m putting you on a light stand. Now that I’ve put you there on a hilltop, on a light stand—shine! Keep open house; be generous with your lives. By opening up to others, you’ll prompt people to open up with God, this generous Father in heaven.”

As Christians we are here to be salt and light, bringing out the God flavours and colours of the world, so that in opening up to others, we prompt people to open up with God. Our work is to live and act in such a way that we demonstrate who God is and encourage people to reach out to God themselves.

There are many ways for us to be salt and light, many ways for us to demonstrate God’s love, to speak truth into situations, to notice need and respond with compassion. I don’t believe, however, it just happens. It’s something that must be intentionally actioned, practised and developed. Romans 12 tells that we are to take our everyday, ordinary life and place it before God as an offering, readily recognising what God wants from us, and quickly responding to it. To be salt and light we have to offer God our whole day and all that’s within it, being willing for God to interrupt our lives, directing our actions, our words and resources. It’s a practise, a chosen path, an intention.

My friend Glyn Jones has written a book about being interruptible, living an intentional life of connecting with others and what it means to be good news in the midst of daily life (it’s short and a great read). In the pages he shares his stories of being open and responsive to God amidst the ordinary. He reminds us that God desires to use us powerfully for his Kingdom and, that we need to learn to notice and respond when God is speaking. What I notice most about the stories in Glyn’s book are the ordinariness of the encounters, giving a candle to someone in a park, sharing grace at a car boot sale, giving away a pumice stone, offering free hugs AND the intentionality of the actions. Glyn is committed to being prepared for God to use him; he even takes objects with him to give away. It resonates greatly with the interactions of Jesus we see in the Bible, conversations with a tax collector, healing at a city gate, forgiveness of a woman in the street. Jesus was always prepared to interact with the people around him and respond to the need he saw in front of him.

As we move towards Easter, I encourage you to explore what it looks like for you to be intentional salt and light in your own neighbourhoods. You could start each day with a prayer to be interruptible. You could carry something to give away as a blessing to others. You may want to walk your street praying for your neighbours, noticing if there are places God is asking you to do more. Or organise an Easter egg hunt on your road or host a neighbourhood coffee morning.

It will look different to us all, but let’s find ways to share the hope we have in Jesus this lent, so that others may be prompted to be open with God and know for themselves this wonderful truth.

Blessings Hayley Mission & Evangelism Enabler

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