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The Rev Andries Combrink is a Presbyterian Minister of the Gospel. He lives in Centurion, South Africa.  He is amongst others a blogger and lyrics writer. To teach the Word of God is his calling,  based on the Reformed tradition. 

 

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20 He who testifies to these things says, “Yes, I am coming soon.”
Amen. Come, Lord Jesus.
21 The grace of the Lord Jesus be with God’s people. Amen.
Rev 22: 20 - 21

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Written by: Andries
Monday, October 08, 2018 10:45:37 PM  RssIcon

Following God’s mission as his ambassador and transforming the church into an obedient instrument to implore all to enter into the Kingdom of God, involves a lot more than simply changing / renewing my theology or my understanding of what God’s mission truly is.
No, it is all about the new sensible way that we are the church, about what we are practically doing to fulfil our Godly purpose to make a difference in the world.
 
Jesus said in 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.
 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”
 
In biblical times salt was used to preserve food. (They did not have fridges or freezers to conserve it). We are the church in a world where sin, impurity, disobedience and spiritual decay destroy lives, communities and society. This rot is a real enemy of the church when it destroys our testimony and when our way of being church suspends our witnessing for the holy Son of God and his triumph over physical and spiritual death.
To be the salt of the earth is to preserve the world through living the Gospel by being made holy in Christ.
 
This same world also seems to be lost.
When it is dark because our electricity is down, we may bump against our furniture. We often cannot find the torch or the matches quickly enough. We become disorientated in our own homes and fear the enemies that may lurk in the dark.
Christ Jesus is the light of the world. His Spirit makes his light shine in and through us without any risk of “spiritual load shedding” that will steal our impact on life’s murkiness.
 
So we become the light of the world. Our words and testimony, and more importantly our lives, servant’s hearts, care, outreach and example become a lamp on a stand providing a way out of the haze caused by the confusion resulting from a corrupt world where the dangers of foolishness and disarray destroy lives, families, communities and a nation.
 
When we follow God’s mission as his ambassadors, we are determined to shine the true Light before others.
We are the church that stops the rot and becomes the GPS for a world in fear that lost its sense of direction and of the celebration of life.
 
Let’s restore purpose, joy, festivity, peace, mercy and love!

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