Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Salt and Light

Matthew 5:13-16 13 “You are the salt of the earth. But what good is salt if it has lost its flavor? Can you make it salty again? It will be thrown out and trampled underfoot as worthless.
14 “You are the light of the world—like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden. 15 No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father.

What does it mean to be salt and light? 
We all know that when we add salt to food it brings out the flavour. Without salt a meal is rather bland and tasteless. Now the very nature of salt is that it is salty. If you lose the salty flavour what do you have left? Nothing. It serves no purpose.
Light expels darkness. It can be seen from billions of (light) years away. Lighthouses are designed to protect ships from crashing into the reef but also to find land at night. If we cover light up what purpose does it serve? Why is it even there? You may as well be blowing it out or switching it off. It serves no purpose. A light is meant illuminate. 

You are the salt of the earth and light to the world. Are you salty or has compromise made you bland and tasteless? Is your light shining or is your shame covering it up?

We need to know what we believe, and we need to know what we stand for. God's Word, the Bible, is God breathed. It is the words coming direct from God. Jesus died on the cross for my sins and was victorious. He rose from the dead. I want others to know Jesus and be saved from eternal suffering. 

People think that doing good deeds can make you good enough. That doing the right things can make you good enough. But hear this nothing is good enough if you aren't salt and light. If what we believe is being compromised by worldly thinking then I fear we are in danger of being bland and dark. 

Are we ready to step out in our faith and declare out loud the Glory of our God despite what redicule, shame and trouble may befall us? 
We all rejoice at the verse the Harvest is Plenty but we don't read the next part But the workers are few.
We need to change our thinking and stop worrying about trivial matters and press into what God has for us so that we can be salt and light and reach people for Christ. You would think that with the many professing to be Christian that there would be many workers. Alas compromise and idleness has made many Christians purposeless. Yes it is harsh to say this but if we do not stand for something we will fall for anything, if we do not have a purpose and we don't live in it, what are we doing here then? 
Yes being a Christian in word only will still get you to Heaven but what will it do for your fellow man going to Hell?

Now I can numb down this blog post to make it nice, pretty and happy and as unoffensive to as many people as possible but I am not here to please people because you can never ever please everyone. I am here to please God. I have to answer back to Him one day and pleasing Him is what I aim for so if I die pleasing Christ then I die but I do not cease to exist I will fall before His throne and will worship Him for all eternity.

Church. Do you go or did you get hurt by something someone said or did you used to go but don't anymore because it wasn't for you? I suggest you find a church and join it and serve in it. It is so good to meet with others and be grown and challenged in Church. I know church is not just a building but the people and you could sit there at tell me that you have church at home in your living room in front of the TeleEvangelist or TV Pastors because church is the people and not about the building you go to. In the Bible it says we are to meet together. Hebrews 10:24-25 And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, 25 not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching. 
Are you in the habit of not going to church? People in church are there to encourage you and spur you on toward love and good deeds. You see church is not about you it is about God and the unsaved and we have been put on earth to serve a purpose to be salty and to be light. I cannot stress how important this is. I have been serving in church for over half my life and as those who are serving alongside me can tell you it is hard work. It feels as if there never is enough people on our team to carry the load. As if some people are missing. Are you missing from Church? God has a place for you in His family. 
When we have guests come over we serve them and we make sure their needs are cared for. When you are family you get given a job to do and you serve each other. Family is about serving, giving and spending time together and loving each other so that we can go out and love and serve others who are not yet our family.
Don't miss out and don't be missing. You are family and we need you, God needs you and the unsaved need you.

Stand up Church! Stand up and worship your God together. For He is worthy of all praise and worship. Spread the good news without shame or reserve. We do not have the time to wait for one day when. Time is short. Far too short to wait for when we are good enough. 

Ignite the passion and flame within you. Read the Word and become salty. Do this and you will impact many for Christ so that none may suffer but have eternal life.

Shine your light, be faithful, be salty.

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