“We are told to let our light shine, and if it does, we won’t need to tell anybody it does. Lighthouses don’t fire cannons to call attention to the shining—they just shine” D. L. Moody
If we would just realize that we are truly salt and light in this world, many opportunities will open up for us to share Jesus and bring the Kingdom of Heaven. Just last night I was at a steak restaurant with a friend and we were seated where people were drinking alcohol all around us. The woman next to me had obviously been drinking as she engaged me in a conversation. I began to tell her about Jesus and she got very emotional (partly because of the alcohol, I’m sure, but nevertheless). And when she walked out, I grabbed her hand and shared a little more about His love and she held my hand tight as I believe she felt the presence of God. Friends, we are salt and light.
A very close friend of mine is a police officer here in Charlotte, North Carolina. I am privileged to ride along with him from time to time as a volunteer police chaplain while he is on duty. Whether I am spending time with him in his police car or after work hours at a restaurant, he is continually shining bright for Jesus wherever he goes. I have been with him on domestic violence calls and watched him shine bright for Jesus in the midst of all the yelling. Just the other day I was there when this same police officer got down on his knees and ministered to a homeless man that was intoxicated and reeked of urine. He shares Jesus with many people that he meets on the many calls he takes as a police officer. He comes in contact with people in the worst of circumstances and inserts Jesus into a world that is mostly foreign to you and I. But this is where God has him, so this is where he shines bright for the Lord.
“You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men. “You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:13-16 NKJV
Jesus says that you are the salt of the earth. My life as a Christian helps bring change in a situation, just as salt changes the taste of bland food when it is added. Salt is pleasant, tasty and preserves things from becoming decayed or rotten. To us as Believers, salt signifies the life-nourishing and life-giving power of a Christian’s life and influence in the world.
When Jesus told the crowd in Matthew 5, that they were salt and light, He was speaking to everyone. All that believe in Him are salt and light. I like to look at it as if God has a huge salt shaker and when He sees any area that needs the Gospel, He gives that salt shaker a few shakes and places us in “mission fields” from Africa to the inner cities of America, from rural Ireland to a multi-millionaire dollar business. Every location in the world needs the influence of the salt—which is you and I.
As salt, you also leave people thirsty for more of God. But you must be well seasoned yourself! Can you lose your flavor?
Mark 9:50 says, “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.” NKJV
The answer is yes. There are many people who call themselves Christians that have no salt in themselves and though their life has some purpose, it’s basically rendered as useless before God and others. We must stay seasoned with salt by praying, seeking God, worship, reading the Word, living holy, etc. People around us can sense those whose life is seasoned with salt and those who are not.
Jesus may have pointed to the sun and then to the crowd and said to them: “You are the light of the world” Matthew 5:14
We are the light of the world because of our glorious Savior living in us.
Having been to Israel many times, I can almost see Jesus pointing towards a city on a hill (at night in the Galilee area you can literally see the flickering of the lights of cities that are set on a hill) and essentially saying that, if you are passionate about Me and for the those who do not know me, you will be like that city for all the world to see!
“Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house.” Matthew 5:15
When we go camping we bring along a lantern with us. And it does not matter how dark it is outside, once that lantern is lit, the entire area around us is now illuminated. It does not matter how dark the spiritual darkness is around us, we are the light of the world. In fact, the darker it becomes, the easier it is for others to notice and be attracted to the light that is within you.
Remember that when we became born-again, something so wonderful, magnificent, life-changing and powerful happened in our lives, why would we want to hide it? Why would we not want others to experience the same transformation that we have experienced? Remember what it felt like when you were away from God? Maybe you were addicted to drugs, alcohol and perversion and Jesus came and rescued you out of that pit of darkness and brought you into His marvelous light (1 Peter 2:9).
Friends, you are the light of the world. Everywhere you go. And everywhere you go, Jesus goes with you. And because He goes with you, you cannot fail! Put yourself out there so everyone can see the light in you. They cannot snuff the light out in you because it’s Jesus. I’m reminded of those birthday candles that keep their flame even though you try to blow them out. No matter what persecution you face or what people think or say about you, they absolutely cannot take away the light that is within you. However, we can hide that light if we choose to. But no more!
Notice that Jesus said that the lampstand gives light to all who are in the house. All, in the house can see the light which is wonderful. But how they respond to it is a different story. If you are shining bright for Jesus, I guarantee you that right now, people around you are noticing. Your coworkers, classmates, friends, relatives, and others are noticing that something is different about you. They “taste” the salt and see the light. I feel led of the Holy Spirit right now to tell you that there are people right now in your life that are thinking to themselves, “There is something different about her. Why does he always seem so happy? What does she have going on in her life that makes her have so much peace? Why is it that when I talk to him, I feel something tugging at my heart?” Again, right now, certain people around you are thinking these types of thoughts in their hearts. Get ready for some divine appointments!
“I have but one candle of life to burn, and I would rather burn it out in a land filled with darkness than in a land flooded with light.”– John Keith Falconer
Ryan Bruss, Director
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