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Lenten Devotional: Mar 23

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Today’s Texts: Exodus 5:1-6:1; 1 Corinthians 14:20-40; Mark 9:42-50

Mark 9:50 (NKJV)
“Salt is good, but if the salt loses its flavor, how will you season it?  Have salt in yourselves, and have peace with one another.”

Jesus is the Prince of Peace and He came to earth so that we may experience and live in His peace. In order for us to live at peace with one another, we, as individuals, must first be at peace with God. We receive His peace when we come into relationship with Jesus. This peace Jesus gives is the peace that enables us to be at rest even in the midst of the storms of life. This is the peace that our unsaved family members, neighbors, friends, are desperately yearning for. Just as Jesus was the Father’s messenger in bringing heaven’s peace down to earth; we too, are given the privilege of being the Father’s chosen messengers to bring peace to the world around us.

In our calling to be salt of the earth, we owe the world an encounter with the living God. As Christians, our faith should influence and impact every aspect of our lives, including all the people around us. In my own Cambodian Christian community in America, we have the tendency to cling to our church community and segregate ourselves from the larger Cambodian community. We justify this separation by telling ourselves we don’t want to be tainted by the Buddhist elements within our culture and community. However, if we are to be salt, we must follow the example Christ gave us in incarnating Himself and dwelling amongst the people. In doing so, we will fulfill God’s calling on our lives to represent Him and point the world to Him.

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Pheakdey Ung

Pheakdey is a Program Specialist at Children’s Home Society, a non-profit social service agency. He also leads RefugeCity Outreach, an inner-city ministry in Long Beach, CA and is a part of the core leadership team of Love House of Prayer.

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  1. W. Moses Yinn
    March 23, 2010 at 9:27 pm

    Pheakdey your devotion is absolutely wonderful praise the Lord for His gift of peace! Indeed, it is not optional rather it is a commandment for all Christians to share the message of peace with the people that God has placed us in the midst of. Unfortunately, not all of our dear beloved brothers and sisters in the Cambodian community share this view. However, we continue by the grace of the Lord and the power of the Holy Spirit to be salt in our community to bring influence and impact to both the believing and unbelieving community. May the grace of God continue to bless you as you faithfully and boldly serve our Savior and Master in the spreading of love, peace, and compassion, which is the gospel of the Kingdom.

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