Published: May 04, 2017
My friend Dan Pilla taught an incredible message this weekend.
He reminded us that Jesus called us to be salt and light.
Read it for yourself in Matthew 5:13-16:
You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt has become tasteless, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled under foot by men. “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden; nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. “Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.
In the ancient world, salt was valuable. It was life saving. It was a precious commodity. It was sparingly used, highly valued, and never wasted.
The Greeks considered salt to be divine. Romans were paid a portion of their compensation in salt. The Mosaic Law required that all offerings presented by the Israelites contain salt. (Lev. 2:13) When Jesus told his disciples that they were "the salt of the earth," they understood the metaphor.
Our world has changed. Science and technology have made improvements, and we don’t need salt like we used to.
But you have a responsibility to be salt in this earth that is rotting and decaying because of sin. You can’t miss it. Just get on social media or turn on the television.
As much as you might want to, as a believer, you don’t have the option of withdrawing. No, God has called you to engage, to make an impact. Like salt, you’re to be a preservative, a disinfectant, a seasoning, and a flavor enhancer.
• Be a preservative. Stop the decay. Put the rot in check. Bring the presence of Christ into the world and penetrate the kingdom of darkness and the hearts of the people you come into contact with. Be the influence. Remember that what you say matters. You never know who is listening.
• Be a disinfectant. Make a difference. Preach and teach the Word of God and be a vehicle of healing and relief.
• Be a seasoning, a flavor enhancer. Offer Jesus to people and provide the spice of life. Influence the world for good. Share the promises of God. Help the people around you experience the life God has for them.
Then, there’s light.
Light penetrates. It drives out darkness. It shows the way. It identifies danger.
Isaiah 60:2 tells us that "a thick darkness is over the people of the earth, but the LORD rises upon us and his glory appears over us." Matthew 4:16 tells us that "the people living in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned."
The light is Jesus, and the good news of the gospel, and it’s your responsibility to share it.
But light has to shine in the darkness in order to be seen.
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