Belt of Truth
Knowing and Applying God's Truth to Real Life
Matthew 5:14-16 (NKJV)
You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.
What truth is revealed? In John 8:12, Jesus declares, “I am the light of the world.” We totally and readily accept this truth; However, in Matthew, Chapter 5, Jesus calls “us” the light of the world. So, in a darkened world; a world that is under the curse of sin, “we” who follow Jesus are the light of the world. We are the light as individual believers and we are collectively the light.
What is the command, wisdom or promise? Jesus commands us: “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.”
What does this mean to/for me? Jesus emphasizes the idea that my life is to have a profound effect on the lives of those that are around me. According to Jesus, the actions of my life should cause others to glorify God.
What action can/should I take? To cause others to glorify God on the basis of my witness is going to take some intentional work. It certainly means that the fruit of the Spirit must be the obvious fruit of my life. So, I need, love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control to shine brightly. (Gal. 5,22,23)
Jesus – His Commands, Wisdom and Promises
Matthew 5:13 (NKJV)
"You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men.
What truth is revealed? Jesus compares His followers to salt. He then explains that if the salt loses its flavor or “saltiness,” it loses the ability to function effectively.
What is the command, wisdom or promise? This certainly falls in the category of wisdom; but, it also serves as a warning to the Church. If the Church loses its spiritual edge, it also loses the credibility to be a voice to the culture.
What does this mean to/for me? For me it means that I personally must strive to be authentic in my faith. It means that I speak the truth in love; but, refuse to compromise and conform to the pattern of this world.
What action can/should I take? I am going to take a couple of actions. 1) Firstly, I’m going to pray that the Lord renews my mind and makes me aware of the “things” that desire to compromise my spiritual “saltiness.” 2) Secondly, I’m going to try to be the most loving contrarian (a person that doesn’t go along with the crowd) that I can be.
Jesus – His Commands, Wisdom and Promises
Matthew 5:10-12 (NKJV)
"Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness' sake, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake. Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
What truth is revealed? That people who are persecuted for doing the “right” thing, will ultimately be blessed.
What is the command, wisdom or promise? This is a promise, that the reward in heaven for those that endure persecution for the “right” reasons will be great.
What does this mean to/for me? Perhaps it means that if I’m not experiencing any persecution or “push back” against my faith; it is because, I have failed to speak out and reach out with enough force. I know that Jesus was a perfectly righteous man and yet, He suffered persecution; so, perhaps persecution is a way for me to share in the sufferings of Christ.
What action can/should I take? I have no desire to offend people or act in a way that is obnoxious; however, I do want to share my faith, even with people who might not like it. It means that when it comes to the subject of Jesus, I cannot and should not be a silent witness.
As revealed by God through the Life and Message of Christ; through the wisdom of Solomon; through the letters of the Apostles; through the inspiration of God.