The Salt

"You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste (its strength, its quality), how can its saltiness be restored? It is not good for anything any longer but to be thrown out and trodden underfoot by men. You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do men light a lamp and put it under a peck measure, but on a lamp stand, and it gives light to all in the house. Let your light so shine before men that they may see your moral excellence and your praiseworthy, noble, and good deeds and recognize and honor and praise and glorify your Father who is in heaven".
[Matthew 5:13-16]

Yesterday, I attended ACFYAC (African Christian Fellowship Young Adult Chicago) and we had a discussion on what it means to be "the salt" of the earth, and what you yourself are doing to be "the salt" of the earth.

In His sermon on the Mount, Christ was teaching the multitudes and in Ch5 of Matt, v.13-16, He delivered the above passage. What was the interpretation?

In our discussion, we said that the purpose of salt was 1. to add flavor, 2. to preserve, 3. to season, etc... Christ has called us [His disciples, His followers, His messengers of the Gospel] to "flavor, season and preserve" the lost world, reconciling them back to the heart of salvation. But if the light of the world, lacks the salt as its catalyst, how can a lost nation be restored?

A catalyst is 'the subtance' that initiates or speeds up a reaction without itself being affected. Matt 5v14 says that we are the light of the world, but again, what good is the light if it doesn't brighten or illuminate the world it was meant to impact? Or what good is the light if it first brightens its setting, then burns out quickly?


Matthew 28:19-20, "Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you".

The Gospel of Mark 16v15-16 states this: "Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creations. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned".

Back to the matter at hand.... Can people look at the light you reflect and praise God? Or can your light shine in the midst of their darkness because your actions are seasoned with the flavor of God? Does God's inscription stand out in your reflection?

We were created in His image [Gen 1:26] to be ye imitators of God [Ephesians 5:1]. If our personal life in our walk with Christ is not reflected in the public view, how will others willingly be attracted to a light that never stays lit...because where there is no darkness, light serves no purpose.

As one member stated, what good is a lit candle in a room full of light?

Comments are welcome and encouraged :)

Be blessed,

Beloved

3 comments:

Xtina! March 29, 2010 at 3:11 PM  
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Xtina! March 29, 2010 at 3:25 PM  

well put Beloved!

Christianity is not just for Christians . . .

"I don't know what's worse, nobody knowing I'm a Christian or the only people knowing I'm a Christian are the people in my church" - Karness Turner of Spoken Life "Does Anybody Know You're A Christian" *snap snap snap* my brotha!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZnB02zrhcXk&feature=channel

Also, see the lyrics to The Last Jesus by Kirk Franklin
{excerpt below}
If we say we love Jesus, but they can't see our Jesus
Tell me what's the use if they can't see Jesus in you and me
No more excuses, we give it all away
Because we may be the only Jesus they see
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ShR9Zb1Uepc

BelovedOsaruchi March 29, 2010 at 3:32 PM  

Thanks Alabi!

The time to let the light shine is now...

Just got a revelation! The seasons are about to change so the light won't be needed until later in the day. Is that when believers will begin to turn on their light when the sun goes down or will they remain on even during the daytime when the light is not necessarily needed. {Selah}

BTW: Check out Spoken Life Project @ http://spokenlifeproject.com/, Link to those mentioned above by Xtina.

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