In times of crisis and turmoil, it is very easy to get caught up in taking sides, expressing opinions, and pointing fingers. But that is not what Jesus instructs us to do as ambassadors for God in this world. The Message translation expresses Jesus’ words this way: “Let me tell you why you are here. You’re here to be salt-seasoning that brings out the God-flavors of this earth. If you lose your saltiness, how will people taste godliness? You’ve lost your usefulness and will end up in the garbage.
Here’s another way to put it: You’re here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world. God is not a secret to be kept. We’re going public with this, as public as a city on a hill. If I make you light-bearers, you don’t think I’m going to hide you under a bucket, do you? I’m putting you on a light stand. Now that I’ve put you there on a hilltop, on a light stand—shine! Keep open house; be generous with your lives. By opening up to others, you’ll prompt people to open up with God, this generous Father in heaven” (Matthew 5:14-16).
The most radical, world-changing, life-affirming action that we can take in this dark and broken world is to stand up and shine brightly as representatives of Christ. We are here to be light – light-hearted, life-giving light-bearers, whose speech is seasoned with salt. Our words are not meant to carry the stinging ‘salt’ of slander or reviling, but the cleansing, purifying saltiness that comes from speaking the truth of God’s Word.
Let’s get into the habit of supporting and affirming the good and laying the bad at the foot of the cross – trusting that God knows what he is doing and because he is Almighty all is eternally well, no matter what it looks like to our earthly eyes.
“He who has prepared us for this very thing is God, who has given us the Spirit as a guarantee.
So we are always of good courage. We know that while we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord, for we walk by faith, not by sight” (2 Corinthians 5:5-7 ESV).
We hope you enjoy these reposts from September 2018. It is always amazing how God’s unfailing Word provides help and comfort for yesterday, today, and tomorrow!