BSF Matthew Lesson 5 Day 5

9.  a.

  • Salt is used to flavor food. It transforms bland food into tasty food.

  • Salt makes us thirsty.

  • Salt is used for cleansing and healing.

  • Salt is used for preserving food items.

b.

  • Encourage others.

  • Smile.

  • Offer to open a door.

  • Help someone find what they are looking for.

  • Send an “I was thinking of you” note.

  • Make funny faces at a sad child.

  • Notice what people need, and supply it.

  • Pay off someone’s debt.

  • When the Holy Spirit directs you to give someone something—especially if doesn’t make sense—do it. Amazing things happen.

  • Vote.

  • Go the second mile.

  • Write out an encouraging word the Holy Spirit gives you for someone.

  • Pray for the guy who comes to give you an estimate because he’s been to four doctors and his ear is still messed up.

c.  Sometimes when I’ve done the above, I find out it caused someone to glorify God. Many times I don’t know if it did or not. It’s encouraging to hear about, but I think it’s better not to know.

d.  We become saltier, and we bring the kingdom of God near to others.

10.  a. Light is used to dispel darkness. It illuminates everything around it.

b.  Get my own selfishness out of the way, so the light of God can shine. Look for opportunities to share the good news, and do all that God puts in my heart to do.

11.  Ouch. I’ve tried to go an entire day without complaining many times. It only works if I’m home alone. And I don’t receive or make any phone calls.

The amplified version of the Bible is helpful here: “work out (cultivate, carry out to the goal, and fully complete) your own salvation with reverence and awe and trembling (self-distrust, with serious caution, tenderness of conscience, watchfulness against temptation, timidly shrinking from whatever might offend God and discredit the name of Christ). [Not in your own strength] for it is God Who is all the while effectually at work in you [energizing and creating in you the power and desire], both to will and to work for His good pleasure and satisfaction and delight.”

I especially like the “not in our own strength'” part. That makes it doable. I’m encouraged.

So, is the answer, God is working in us so that we have the desire, or is it, do everything without grumbling or complaining?

12.  a. so that others will glorify our God

b.  Ask Him to work within me to have an even greater desire to more like Him, so that His love shines brightly through me.