Introducing: God Colours
“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: 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.’
Matthew 5:13-16, The Message
We’re delighted to welcome you to God Colours - a series designed to help us explore what ‘bringing out the God-colours in the world’ looks like. How can we be a witness to our friends at school or in the workplace? What does faith lived out actually look like? This series delves into the lives of people from a variety of circumstances, asking the question: what does being a Christian look like in the everyday?
Matthew 5:13-16 shows us that we are not only called to be light, but we are called to reflect who God is to those around us.
All too often we can get caught up in the busyness each day brings, but our prayer is that this series will help prompt us to pause and listen to the simple wisdom brought to us by girls from all walks of life. We’ll hear about what it looks like to live out their faith in every sphere of their lives – whether they are on the bus to school, in the middle of an important business meeting, or on the phone to granny while walking their dog!
At the heart of Matthew 5 is a call to live distinctively.
This is certainly not an uncommon theme in the Bible - but sometimes when I read this call, I question how I could apply it to my day-to-day life. For me, the real challenge of this passage is the focus on the personal impact I can have on the lives around me.
‘Let me tell you why you are here…If you lose your saltiness, how will people taste godliness?... You’re here to be light’
All too often it might seem easy enough to let those who seem more gifted at evangelising take a lead on the sharing-Jesus-front but actually we are all equipped to demonstrate godliness to others.
I also love the phrase ‘God is not a secret to be kept’ but I wonder how often I really answer questions earnestly about ‘what I got up to at the weekend’ and times when I am more likely to try and keep my faith on the down-low. Yet we cannot feel downhearted at times like that but should be encouraged to lean further into God, praying for boldness and courage to share wholeheartedly the joy we find in Jesus, taking small steps of faith to feel more empowered to share our faith with others.
For this series, we’ve interviewed a number of girls and asked them to share their testimonies and the way they share their faith in their everyday lives. When I had the privilege of chatting to the girls who kindly offered to share their stories, I was really struck by the authenticity and joy that they all radiated when talking about their faith.
I truly believe that their honesty and practical advice will inspire and empower our More Precious community so I urge you to share the videos and pray into how you can be a light in this world, shining your God-colours for all to see. Look out for them dropping in your inbox or social media feeds over the weeks to come!
Whether we are encouraged to open up our house more to others, model generosity or even just feel more empowered to share with colleagues that we went to church at the weekend, I hope this series casts a light on the beautiful variety of ways we can share our faith and live it out.
Emma Scrivener X