The world is not your stage


“So have you ever noticed that when people watch you that you tend to be nicer or try to be more polite?  We all like getting credit, feeling appreciation and being admired.  I know I do and I feel like that is one of my biggest issues – I need approval and I feel insecure if i don’t get it.  We do the same thing with God – we act like we are ALL that some days when we make a small tithe or help someone.  Why is it we think God should be so proud of these little things when we have done so many more things wrong? Jesus mentioned this we he mentioned prayer – I think he was trying to make a point – we don’t need to be boastful to God – he knows the real us and we just need to honestly talk to God.  I love the Lord’s Prayer that Jesus taught us to say….Jesus started it off – Our Father who art in heaven…God is our Father and on this Father’s day weekend – I can’t think of a better word for God.  He takes care of us, guides us, scolds us when needed, and loves us so much!  I am so happy to know God and I hope you know him too – he will be there with you always and loves us with no end.  So let’s change and not show off and think the world is our stage to perform and to take credit.  Let’s just be real, be kind and be loving.  When you say thank you – don’t just say it – show it!  When you do something nice for others – don’t brag or tell everyone – just do it and tell no one.  I know these are things I need to work on too – so I will pray for you as you pray for me! 

Matthew 6  The Message (MSG)  The World Is Not a Stage

“Be especially careful when you are trying to be good so that you don’t make a performance out of it. It might be good theater, but the God who made you won’t be applauding.

2-4 “When you do something for someone else, don’t call attention to yourself. You’ve seen them in action, I’m sure—‘playactors’ I call them—treating prayer meeting and street corner alike as a stage, acting compassionate as long as someone is watching, playing to the crowds. They get applause, true, but that’s all they get. When you help someone out, don’t think about how it looks. Just do it—quietly and unobtrusively. That is the way your God, who conceived you in love, working behind the scenes, helps you out.

Pray with Simplicity

“And when you come before God, don’t turn that into a theatrical production either. All these people making a regular show out of their prayers, hoping for stardom! Do you think God sits in a box seat?

“Here’s what I want you to do: Find a quiet, secluded place so you won’t be tempted to role-play before God. Just be there as simply and honestly as you can manage. The focus will shift from you to God, and you will begin to sense his grace.

7-13 “The world is full of so-called prayer warriors who are prayer-ignorant. They’re full of formulas and programs and advice, peddling techniques for getting what you want from God. Don’t fall for that nonsense. This is your Father you are dealing with, and he knows better than you what you need. With a God like this loving you, you can pray very simply. Like this:

Our Father in heaven,
Reveal who you are.
Set the world right;
Do what’s best—
    as above, so below.
Keep us alive with three square meals.
Keep us forgiven with you and forgiving others.
Keep us safe from ourselves and the Devil.
You’re in charge!
You can do anything you want!
You’re ablaze in beauty!
    Yes. Yes. Yes.

14-15 “In prayer there is a connection between what God does and what you do. You can’t get forgiveness from God, for instance, without also forgiving others. If you refuse to do your part, you cut yourself off from God’s part.

16-18 “When you practice some appetite-denying discipline to better concentrate on God, don’t make a production out of it. It might turn you into a small-time celebrity but it won’t make you a saint. If you ‘go into training’ inwardly, act normal outwardly. Shampoo and comb your hair, brush your teeth, wash your face. God doesn’t require attention-getting devices. He won’t overlook what you are doing; he’ll reward you well.


What is your foundation built on?


So one of my favorite stories in the Bible is the Wise and Foolish Builders.  I never realized that it was told in Matthew and Luke both.  God must have wanted us to really pay attention to have mentioned it twice through different authors in the Bible.  The message is the same….it is simple and very visual.  That’s why I think I like it so much – I can see what God is trying to say to us in Jesus’ parable.  When a builder builds a building…the foundation is the MOST important aspect…it is what everything else relies on, leans on and holds up! That makes me think about our lives – what is our foundation?  What do we base our life on?  Is it something solid like a rock or something shifty like sand.  There is only one rock that is strong enough to be our foundation – that is GOD!  


God is the Solid Rock – the only Foundation



Matthew 7:24-27New International Version (NIV)

The Wise and Foolish Builders

24 “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. 26 But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. 27 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.”

Luke 6:46-49 New International Version (NIV)

The Wise and Foolish Builders

46 “Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say? 47 As for everyone who comes to me and hears my words and puts them into practice, I will show you what they are like. 48 They are like a man building a house, who dug down deep and laid the foundation on rock. When a flood came, the torrent struck that house but could not shake it, because it was well built. 49 But the one who hears my words and does not put them into practice is like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation. The moment the torrent struck that house, it collapsed and its destruction was complete.”

With God as our foundation and our building plans as the Bible – we can’t be shaken.  We need to rely on God and trust him.  I try to steer my life in so many ways but I am trying to learn to let God be my guide and my foundation.  I pray that you will let God be your foundation – your solid rock – your base for all your life!  If God is not your foundation – think about making a change!

Don’t Worry About Tomorrow

In the Sermon on the Mount Jesus shared the following.  He really does not want us to worry and discusses how crazy we sometimes are with our worrying!  We need to just go to God with our problems and let him handle them and trust him!

From Bible Gateway – Matthew 6:24-34  The Message (MSG)

24 “You can’t worship two gods at once. Loving one god, you’ll end up hating the other. Adoration of one feeds contempt for the other. You can’t worship God and Money both. 25-26 “If you decide for God, living a life of God-worship, it follows that you don’t fuss about what’s on the table at mealtimes or whether the clothes in your closet are in fashion. There is far more to your life than the food you put in your stomach, more to your outer appearance than the clothes you hang on your body. Look at the birds, free and unfettered, not tied down to a job description, careless in the care of God. And you count far more to him than birds.27-29 “Has anyone by fussing in front of the mirror ever gotten taller by so much as an inch? All this time and money wasted on fashion—do you think it makes that much difference? Instead of looking at the fashions, walk out into the fields and look at the wildflowers. They never primp or shop, but have you ever seen color and design quite like it? The ten best-dressed men and women in the country look shabby alongside them. 30-33 “If God gives such attention to the appearance of wildflowers—most of which are never even seen—don’t you think he’ll attend to you, take pride in you, do his best for you? What I’m trying to do here is to get you to relax, to not be so preoccupied with getting, so you can respond to God’s giving. People who don’t know God and the way he works fuss over these things, but you know both God and how he works. Steep your life in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions. Don’t worry about missing out. You’ll find all your everyday human concerns will be met. 34 “Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don’t get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes.


So Jesus knew that we would worry about things but he told this parable and shared these examples of how small our thoughts are and how big our God is.  Stop worrying and just let God take your problems.  He will see you through any issues, problems that you may have!


Salt and Light…Make a Difference


From Bible Gateway – Matthew 5:13-16  The Message (MSG)  Salt and Light

13 “Let me tell you why you are here. You’re here to be salt-seasoning that brings out the God-flavors 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.

14-16 “Here’s another way to put it: You’re here to be light, bringing out the God-colors 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.

So Jesus told this illustration about salt and light so that we could relate to what he was saying.  We all love salt…I mean what is a french fry without salt?  God needs us to be his salt – if we do not step up for him and tell others about God – how are they ever going to “taste” his love, his compassion and his grace?  We have to “spice” it up and add flavor to others lives by being the “salt” and showing them what being a Christian really is and how amazing God’s love is.  He warns if we “lose our flavor” he gave a warning that if we do nothing to share our experience of the Gospel, we aren’t being helpful to anyone at all.   Think back to popcorn at a movie – unsalted – how boring….how tasteless it is.  Then think about the perfectly popped popcorn with salt and of course melted butter….wow – what a difference!  The salt is a bog part of the difference.  It adds flavor, it adds taste – it makes it more exciting to eat and makes it so much better.  Jesus wants us to be the salt and wants us to not lose our flavor.  What if we never shared anything about God and just sat around….we would lose our flavor to God and we would be nothing.  Keep your flavor and spread the word….:shake the salt shaker”.

Christians are to be “salt and light” to the world. Both salt and light stand out from their environment, and improve the world around them for others. Jesus’ followers are described as the “light of the world.” Just as it would be pointless to turn on a light and then cover it up, it would be foolish if we accepted Christ and then made no effort to do his work in the world. Christians are to spread the light of truth on the world around them.     Once again – Jesus illustrates that he wants us to share the Word of God and to allow others to see the light.  Think about a really dark tunnel and then a little bit of light shows and it makes you want to be closer and closer to it.  You completely focus because it is the only thing you can see….treat God the same way.  Focus on him and share about him and you will see the light at the end of the tunnel.  Jesus wants to be your light and he wants you to be a light unto the world.  I love the song “This Little Light of Mine…I’m going to let it shine…”  that is exactly what God is telling us to do – let your light shine for God.

I love that Jesus told easy stories so that we can understand his point.  Jesus just wants us to make a difference – go the extra mile, show compassion and love and tell others about God.  I hope that you will flavor your world and light up your whole community for Christ.  Salt and Light – that’s how we should live….make a difference!

If you are struggling with being the salt of the earth or the light of the world – go to God and pray that he will guide you through and give you courage.