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
This morning I sat reading God’s Word there was a special presence of the LORD. Nothing was stirring inside the house or outside and in that stillness came the thought of my title. Thank You for the reminder, Lord.
God spoke to my heart this morning regarding be SALT & LIGHT in this world not being LIGHT SALT. In the natural some become focused on diet and cutting back on things. In the spiritual some have allowed themselves to become “light salt” to this world rather than SALT & LIGHT! Light Salt is not really salt at all but an imitation that is designed to provide an artificial taste and has no preservative powers. God wants us to be both “flavor” to this world and be a “preservative” as well.
We are added to the mix of this world to bring Jesus into it not to get lost in the mix as one of a multitude of differing religious views! We are to be light to point the way to Him, the only access to God! If we become so watered down that we are only giving token representation of Him to the world around us, we become nothing more than “another option” when there is no other option. We become a delusion and part of the problem rather than presenting the solution, the hope, and the way.
I’m not saying you have to become so caustic in what say and do that you turn people off before you even get a chance to share the “Good News” with them. I’m not saying you go around “judging” people and turning them away before they have even “heard” the message.
I am saying that you become so ONE WITH JESUS that when you walk into the room, He walks into the room. That we become so meshed with Him that our ATTITUDE is His attitude, our COMPASSION is His compassion, our LOVE is His love expressed. The idea is to MANIFEST Him not just represent Him.
He lives IN YOU, the Holy Spirit is both WITH & IN you. The Father’s presence is manifested through you. Your words, life, and actions speak volumes to those that you encounter. I’ve found that through the years that in my own life and in the lives of others with whom I’ve worked and known, we’ve seen people turn to God not because we preached to them, but we lived before them. Our lives are epistles known and read of men.
Let your LIGHT (Christ) shine before men so that they may clearly see the way! Let your life be SALT to bring the flavor of His Love & Mercy into their presence and be the preservative to help them stand before Him after they’ve come to him.
Let them see you day in and day out as the consistent expression of the Lord and you will touch their hearts. You may only sow the seeds another may water but GOD will give the increase!
Be encouraged, you may not be the most eloquent speaker, but you don’t have to be, your life speaks louder than words. Just be SALT & LIGHT in this present world and watch the Lord take that and do wonders in the lives of the hurting, hungry, and dying. Today is your day to be a new flavor added to the mix of your surroundings – “The Jesus Flavor” and to be light pointing to the Victory of the Cross.
Blessings as you go through your day!