October 31, 2015

Matthew 5:4-16

“I’m not dressing up tonight, but I am going to be ‘salt’ and ‘light’ in my neighborhood.”

It’s October 31. The last day of Daylight Saving Time in 2015.

Oh, it’s also a night of fun anticipated by many children.

In my last neighborhood, literally hundreds—maybe even a thousand—children would come by our house in search of candy. Police officers lined the neighborhood routing the cars and children like they were in a giant one-way maze. It was a pretty big deal.

Last year at our home in Highland Village, I think a total of ten children came by our home in search of treats—maybe a few more, but not many.

But someone on our cul-de-sac thought it would be a good night to have a neighborhood block party. We weren’t sure what to expect, but we went. It was mostly adults. We met our neighbors. We learned many of their names and found out about who lives inside these homes on our block. It was a good opportunity to share life with our neighbors. They learned I was a minister. That’s always an interesting phrase, “So you’re a minister?...”

We’ve been able to build on those relationships this past year. Two of our neighbors have actually attended worship at FBCL this year.

I challenge you to be on the lookout for opportunities to rub shoulders with your neighbors. Chances are many don’t know Jesus or have a church home. Share life with them, and maybe, just maybe, God will use you to plant seeds or be his missionary on your block. As I said, “I’m not dressing up, but I am going to be salt and light today.”

P.S. Set your clocks back one hour before going to bed tonight. Otherwise, you’ll be WAY early for worship or Bible Study!