Good Shepherd Lutheran Church: Set the bar a little higher
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Explaining how Jesus encouraged his followers to be the salt of the earth and light of the world, doing good works, and keeping God’s commandments was discussed in the homily of the Rev. Wally Schievelbein, pastor of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, on the Fifth Sunday after Epiphany.

In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus gives his opinion of both the scribes and Pharisees. Then he suggests, his followers set the bar of behavior a bit higher than those religious folk. Where the earlier law concerned doing nothing on the Sabbath, Jesus said the Sabbath is for humans and they do what they must do. The Sabbath refreshes one for another week in life.

Jesus sees his followers as the salt of the earth and the light of the world. Salt gives light and flavor. One is cautioned not to be bland whereby one might be thrown out and trampled. As the light of the world, one needs to shine before others so that people see their good works and the Father’s word and glory will not be extinguished. The message becomes “Go you and do things to help others” and please God.

Jesus did not speak to lessen the laws or words of the prophets. Laws are made to be obeyed. By following the Ten Commandments, one is kept from breaking from God’s word. The commandments make it possible to have a relationship with God and others with strong bodies, good health and wealth. If those factors are good within everyone, they should remember they are gifts of God.

There are many laws which you follow, so you can live. Laws come with promises that everyone is expected to abide. What you do proclaims you as a child of God who is special in love shown toward and for others. Whoever you don’t feel right, you can count on others to be better and lift you up. Whoever does the commandments and teaches them will be considered great in the kingdom of heaven. Exercise all of your body by obeying all the laws so that your body becomes stronger and works for the good of all. Then Christ is lifted up. Remember you are the salt and spice of life.

Good Shepherd Lutheran Church invites visitors to attend services on the Sixth Sunday of Epiphany. The choices are Contemporary service at 8:30 a.m.; Adult Sunday School class at 9:45 a.m. .or Traditional Service at 10:45 a.m.
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