Isaiah’s Light


Matthew 5:13-16   “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. 

Isaiah and his father continued climbing the mountainside. There were many people crowded around Jesus. Isaiah wanted to get closer so he could hear. Jesus was sitting on a rock among His disciples, teaching them. Isaiah sat on a rock just beyond Jesus, where he could hear.

“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.” 

“Father, what does he mean?” 

“He means, if the salt looses its saltiness, it is not worth anything. We cannot make it salty, again. Only God could do that. Our saltiness is God’s word. If we lose God’s word from our hearts, we are worth nothing. We will be trampled underfoot.” 

“Oh.”

Jesus continued, “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.

“Father, I understand some of what the master says. But, what light am I supposed to shine?” Isaiah asked.

“He means live a good life. Your life is a light that shines before others. When they see that you are living a life guided by God, your light will shine before them. They will know that your good deeds are the result of God being in your life.

“How can I be a light? I’m not a grown up.”

“Think about it Isaiah. That’s what we all have to decide about our life. Will we be followers and how.”

That night Isaiah tossed and turned in his bed. Could he figure out how to be a light for Jesus?

 

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  1. Enjoyed reading this children’s devotional, Marge. Keep up the good work. I recently posted regarding the bus monitor who was harrassed by students with a scriptural viewpoint. Wonder what you might think of it.
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