In Touch Daily Devotions 19 February 2022 By Dr. Charles Stanley, Saturday Message
Charles Stanley In Touch Daily Devotions 19 February 2022
TOPIC:A Lasting Impact
TODAY’S SCRIPTURE: Matthew 5:13-16
“You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt has become tasteless, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled under foot by men.
“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden;
nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house.
“Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.
In Touch Daily Devotions 19 February 2022 MESSAGE
Did you know God “wants all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth” (1 Timothy 2:4)? He wants each of us to live in such a way that we influence others for their spiritual good.
Jesus used two words—salt and light—to illustrate our mission. Salt, which flavors and preserves, permeates the food on which it is sprinkled, causing a significant difference in flavor. Christians are to function the same way, by spreading the appeal of Christ as we interact with people. However, Jesus warns that the “saltiness” of our life will decrease if ungodly habits and chronic sin render us “tasteless” (Matt. 5:13).
Jesus also calls us to be light, just as He was (John 1:4; John 1:9). Light drives out darkness, reveals what is present, and illuminates the path forward. We are to do the same, reflecting the Savior’s presence through our conversation and conduct. Just as soot on a glass lantern diminishes its light, sin’s presence can cloud our testimony and reduce our influence.
It’s the composition of salt and the clarity of light that give them power. Our character—who we are even when no one is looking—helps or hurts our ability to have a positive impact.
BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: Numbers 31-32
THOUGHT FOR TODAY: As Jesus’ ambassadors, we’re called to reflect His love and grace to those around us.
In Touch Daily Devotions 19 February 2022 By Dr. Charles Stanley. He is the senior pastor of First Baptist Church Atlanta and founder of In Touch Ministries, both located in Atlanta, Georgia. Dr. Stanley’s heart’s desire is to get the gospel to “as many people as possible, as quickly as possible, as clearly as possible, as irresistibly as possible, through the power of the Holy Spirit to the glory of God.