North Way Christian Community Church in Pittsburgh, PA

Week 1 – Devotional 2

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Scripture: Matthew 5:13-16

Jesus was a master of metaphor. Here he compares each one of us to light and salt, two things that are only useful when carrying out their intended purposes. In Jesus’ time, if salt couldn’t preserve or flavor food, it was useless. A light that was covered by a basket served no purpose whatsoever. But what purpose is he urging us to embrace? For our lives to cause others to glorify God! To do this—to be flavorful salt or a light on a lampstand—we may need to unlearn what our culture has taught us about the nature of faith. While it’s very personal, it was never meant to be private. Private faith sounds a lot like a lamp under a basket.

REFLECT

  • In what ways are you tempted to keep your faith hidden from other people?
  • How has God created and gifted you to uniquely be salt and light to the people in your life?

RESPOND

Think of one practical step of faith you can take to invest in another person’s spiritual journey. Share that step with someone else who will pray for you this week.

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Week 1 – Devotional 3

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Scripture: 2 Corinthians 4:16-18

The apostle Paul, like Jesus, often asks us to unlearn what we always thought we knew. We are taught early in life to place incredible value on material things: money, houses, cars, promotions, shoes… the list could go on. But today’s passage asks us to do something that not only violates our materialism, it sounds physically impossible; we’re told to “fix our eyes” on “what is unseen.” Look at that invisible thing over there! Since we can’t look at invisible objects with our physical eyes, Paul must be referring to mental, emotional, and spiritual “eyes.” Where do we focus our thoughts? Or our desires, energy, prayers, and time?

REFLECT

  • Make a list of the unseen, eternal things Paul is likely referring to in this passage.
  • In what ways can you focus more thought and energy toward these things?

RESPOND

Write down everything you spend time on in a typical week. List the amount of time you spend on each activity. Discuss this list with someone close to you and brainstorm how you might reprioritize some of your focus.

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