Matthew 5:13-16 – “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. 14 “You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 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. 16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.” NKJV
I realize that Paul appealed to the Church in Corinth in 1 Corinthians 1:10 that they ‘all speak the same thing, be without division, and joined in the same mind and judgment.’ However, that does not negate the truth that we were all BORN TO BE DIFFERENT. None of us are the same, each of us is unique and each has a particular purpose in the Kingdom of God. Jesus said if salt loses its ability to ‘season’ it has no purpose. He said that a light that does not ‘illuminate’ has no purpose. Likewise, a voice that is ‘not heard’ or ‘does not cry out’ has no purpose. We become like trees in the orchard that produce no fruit and after time we are only taking up space, space that a fruit-bearing tree could occupy.
You do not have to preach in a pulpit or have some spellbinding testimony to be a witness for the Lord. You are ‘salt’ and ‘light’ and you can impact the world that you live in and you should. Your presence should bring ‘seasoning’ to your environment and impact lives. I knew a man that never preached a sermon, never did any great exploits, never accomplished great feats but at his funeral, there were scores of people from what many would call the ‘other side of the tracks’ at his service and one after the other echoed their eternal gratefulness for this man. He had impacted their lives simply by his life! He lived before them more than he said to them the gospel. They testified that it was his compassion and consistency that slowly broke down the walls of resistance they had built up in their lives. It was his example simply being ‘salt’ and ‘light’ that drew them into the Kingdom. He never tooted his horn or proclaimed what he was doing HE JUST DID IT.
I have had the privilege of preaching to large and small crowds and that has been a thrill to be so used of God but the most important thing is not how much or how often I have preached but how I have lived. How has my life impacted others? How has my example been seen by others? I pray to God that my life has been ‘salt’ and ‘light’ for those that I have influenced through the years. I pray that I have touched some for the good of the gospel.
Do not think that you have to be a great orator or have a large following or platform from which to speak simply LIVE THE LIFE and allow your life to be ‘salt’ and ‘light’ in this present world.
God bless you as you go through your day!