When a meal is prepared, one of the important ingredients is salt (or seasoning). We know what it tastes like without it....bland....no flavor....really taking away the "enjoyment" and pleasure of eating. I know that we were created to enjoy food because our tongue is separated into sections of sweet, salty, sour, and bitter. God is creative like that.
We also understand what it feels like to walk into a room with no light. The room feels cold and dead but add light to a room (even a small dim light) and it changes the atmosphere.
Matthew 5:6 says,
"You are the salt of the earth. But if the 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.
You are the light of the world. A city on a hill can not be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on a stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in Heaven."
The world is lost and hurting and God has given the believers an awesome privilege and responsibility to spread the Gospel. Everyone has the right to hear and accept Jesus and live with Him for eternity. BUT ALSO to live this short time on earth with abundance, joy, laughter, and fulfillment.
The problem is that we can not give away what we do not have. So many Christians are walking in their day to day duties with no joy, no fulfillment, no light, and no salt.
One of my heroes said it best:
"Where a real Christian goes, he brings joy." - Mother Teressa
We are good people, that do good things. We work hard, we have good days and bad days. We experience seasons in our lives. All of which describe believers AND non believers alike. We have the knowledge that happiness is based on circumstance and Joy is based on what we know to be true but sometimes we need reminding to let that understanding be evident in our own lives.
Are you contagious? Do you bring flavor to a conversation? Are you living to the full potential that God created for you or are you "no longer good for anything and being trampled by men"? This means are you worthless to what you are supposed to be doing, which is connecting and affecting the world around you.
Do you light up a room, whether energetically as a bright light or a sweet dim light that brings peace, or do you cover it up with a bowl making little connection with anyone? We hide our lights in many ways: by being quiet when we should speak, by living, acting, and reacting just like the world, by letting sin snuff out the brightness, and not serving others or sharing yourself.
If not you, who will tell them?
Salt and Light,
The Mrs. Pastor