Wednesday, September 24, 2014
SALT and LIGHT
I love the scripture in Matthew 5 which is the Sermon on the Mount, where JESUS tells us to be a light in the world. (Matthew 5:14) The next verse says: "Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house."(vs. 15) I was discussing recently with someone about how a lamp put in the kitchen on the counter gives the entire kitchen a feeling of being very cozy. A lantern lit with a candle makes a room feel the same way. But why is that? Is it because we are drawn to the light in the room? JESUS was our best example of light in the room. Mary was drawn to HIM and sat at HIS feet rather than helping her sister Martha in the kitchen.
Are you HIS light in our dark world? Do you draw others near the flame or do you turn people away by your actions, words, and complaints? JESUS was the way, the truth and the life of those around HIM......HE was the light. Others were captivated by HIM and wherever HE went, HE shed the true light and truth on various subjects. HE spoke differently, acted differently, and loved all who came in contact with HIM differently. HIS love for others was easy and light..... a breath of fresh air that would set people free. JESUS had plenty of grace and mercy for people......we need to do this as well. As HIS disciples we need to bring the light of the Gospel carrying the message of salvation to all we meet. Our light is HIS light through us.
Matthew 5: 13 says: "You are the salt of the earth." I would like to think that our words are like salt to others, giving them a comfort and wondrous taste of HIS mercy and grace. Our words mean everything in this dark world. How often do we tear down rather than build up? Think before you speak.....we have all heard that said often. Also, there comes a time where no words are needed. How often have we had cruel words said to us and we have wanted to snap back in kind. What I am talking about here is basic control of our tongues! In this present day of the internet and facebook, there seems to be an environment of saying anything you want to someone by the click of a button without thinking of how deep those hurtful words may go. As Christians, we must never take part in this no matter what anyone may say. Responding in love is the only way. CHRIST'S response to others should be our response.
As HIS disciples, let us be the salt and the light of this earth. Be the one others are drawn to so that when they ask your reason for your joy and grace-filled words you can tell them about your Savior. Be the light in your world.....you may be the only one someone may see!
PSALM 19: 14 "May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable to YOU, LORD, my rock and my Redeemer."