You are the Salt of the Earth

On the way into the office this morning, I heard the newscaster suggest that we’re in for some pretty severe weather. In fact, there’s a flood watch from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m., so be sure to batten down the hatches and prepare as you are able.

Speaking of another kind of weather, things are, of course, swirling around here as we get closer to the end of the school year and prepare for the summer before us. I’ll try to get to as much of the upcoming news as possible in the note to follow. Until then, one quick theological thought.

This is the second time this year that my morning devotion has included the following text from Matthew chapter 5:

(Jesus said) “You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people’s feet. You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven” (Matthew 5:13-16).

Thinking on what the Word of God says here, it’s hard to deny that we, the Christians, are often the means by which God blesses the world around us. I know, I know. It sort of sounds like I might start singing, “They’ll know we are Christians by our love…” Don’t worry. I won’t. But still, there is a certain truth hovering within that old folksy song, and it is the possibility that as people look in from the outside, they’ll see something different about us that could very well draw them to a particular end. That end being just as Christ says in the text: giving glory to the Father in heaven.

So, why does this matter? First, because if you are a Christian, this includes you. Second, because it is a precise encouragement for you to get in the game of life around you with the Gospel and to know that you are blessed as a servant of the One who fully intends to use your efforts in faithfulness, both in word and deed, to extend His kingdom to others in need for the sake of their salvation and His glory.

This truth in particular is foundational for the beginning of each day. It is a reminder that no matter what happens—that is, no matter how inadequate any of us may feel we are when it comes to proclaiming Christ as we go about our day, there’s always the silent reality that exists even if only by our kindnesses through everyday words and deeds. In other words, you don’t have to be a theologically eloquent superstar to shine the light of Christ in this world. Everyone has different gifts. But the gift that is common to all Christians is faith in the One who gave His life as the ransom for the world. This creates hope, and it draws us to a faithful expression of that hope to and for others in the world around us.

I pray this will inspire you for speaking the truth in love to others, not only by way of words, but also through the deeds of mercy, kindness, and benevolence.

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