Happy Wednesday! I have had a difficult time getting this post to the point of publication – not because I chose a necessarily difficult text, but because I felt I wasn’t able to articulate just what was in my heart.
Being a Christian comes with BIG responsibilities. Two of those responsibilities are to be the SALT of the earth and the LIGHT of the world. As Christians we have responsibilities – discipleship and influence. These responsibilities can be, and often are daunting.
13. You are the salt of the earth. But, if salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled by men. 14. You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. 15. Neither do people light a lamp and hide it under a bowl. Instead, they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16. In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.
Salt of the Earth
Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.
In the literal sense, salt seasons and preserves. Some would say that is a flavor enhancer. It is used to prevent food from spoiling. salt’s preservative nature is the reason many canned foods have high sodium content. If salt doesn’t do what it us supposed to do, it isn’t useful. In the symbolic sense, Christians are the salt of the earth. It is a duty of our citizenship. We are called to flavor and enhance the world around us by influencing others to be patient, kind, loving, good and peaceful. As the salt of the earth, we are to not only be hearers of the word, but also doers of the word. (James 1:22-24).
The Light of the World
Lighthouses fascinate me. I don’t know why. Maybe it’s because they are pretty or maybe it’s because of what they represent. Or maybe it is a combination of the two.
Light is the opposite of darkness. Light shines on darkness and allows us to see what was previously hidden. As Christians, we are instructed to let our lights shine so that others can see our good works and glorify God. That means we must live our lives and do good works in a way that lets others see God in us.
Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.
– Psalm 119:105
Christians who live according to God’s word inevitably influence the world positively, just the way salt has a positive effect on the taste of food. Where there is strife, we are to be peacemakers. Where there is sorrow, we are to share Christ’s ability to bring joy. Where there is hatred, we are to exemplify Christ’s love.
Feed the hungry, and help those in trouble. Then your light will shine out from darkness, and the darkness will be as bright as noon. -Isaiah 58:10
We are called to add value to the lives of those around us. We are called to add value to the world around us. We are called to preserve and exemplify Christian morals and values. We are to exemplify love and discipleship (John 13:34-35). We are called to show compassion and love toward ALL men and women, not just our friends. We are called to dispense grace and truth, in equal parts. Too much grace is too easy. Too much truth is too harsh.
In Romans 12:2, we are instructed not to conform to the ways of the world. Instead, we are to behave in a manner that will influence those around us to become more like us. As Christians, we must be positive influences. Though we know that God is always watching, we don’t always know what human beings are watching us. Our actions speak louder than any words we could ever speak. As a result, our lives must speak for us. Our lives are our unspoken sermons.
It is my greatest desire to be a woman whose life is a testimony of God’s ability to transform and renew through his word. Making a difference by living up to the standard God established is how we make a difference. Showing his glory is my life’s purpose. My actions speak louder than words. So, I will allow my life to serve as my non-verbal sermon.
Peace and blessings!
P.S. Check out my recipes for peach cobbler and peach pound cake here.
Making peach cobbler was on my Things before 30 list. I finally had a chance to bake some mini cobblers (with peaches I bought from an orchard) a few weeks ago and a bigger one for the 4th.