“Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? It is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.”
Matthew 5:13 (KJV)
“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.
You are the light of the world—like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden.
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.
In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father.” Matthew 5:13-16 (AMP)
So…no…this post isn’t about eating fries, or even the sun shining (maybe the SON shining). So sorry, false advertisement for sure. BUT, adding salt to my fries DOES make them so much better…especially if they’re hot! In fact, I order my Chick-fil-A fries WITHOUT salt so that they’ll make them fresh, then I add my own salt (no judging…you know you’re gonna do it next time…lol). There’s something about that salt that flavors those potatoes just right…any potato, for that matter. Okay…enough ab
LIGHT! You don’t truly appreciate light until you’ve been in darkness. And just surface level darkness…I’m not even talking spiritual off top. When the power goes out and you gotta find that flash light, only to realize you never put batteries in it….! What now??? You hit your toe on the leg of the couch as you go searching the house for matches or a lighter to light that one candle you have on the shelf in the living room. And what about when just YOUR power goes out??? That one time you couldn’t pay the power bill so you tried getting all your stuff done before the sun went down. If you just beat the sun to bed, it won’t seem so bad right? You don’t have to be at work until it peaks around the clouds the next day anyway (nobody? Just me with that experience? Alright…moving on).
Anyhoo…my point is that these two things make stuff better. Salt makes food BETTER; more appealing to the sense of taste. Light makes a room better….BRIGHTER! We are “the salt of the earth”, “the light of the world”…..WE are the stuff that makes stuff BETTER!!! How exciting is that?!?!? At least, we ought to if we are truly living for Christ, and we ought to be excited about it. Like salt, we are to be appealing in this world we live in. We are to show the world how good God is and how beneficial living a life for Christ really is. Psalms 34:8 says, “O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.” But as with food, it must look good in order for people to want it. You wouldn’t want to eat from a dumpster would you? EXACTLY! It’s in the presentation! Saints running around, cussing folk out, angry all the time, and living lives of sin have no “savour”…no God appeal. And if that’s the case, why change? If what you see is what you have, what are you trading in? That’s why it’s important for others to see your joy, your smile, hear you speak to them without trying to condemn them to hell. You see, salt has a different effect on food than other seasonings. Pepper can’t do what salt does, neither can garlic. Only, you can’t get too much Jesus….to much salt will raise that blood pressure (lol…you can laugh. Ehem…okay…never mind). When you intentionally live for God, you have a different effect on atmospheres, environments, and people…..a positive effect.
The same with light. We are the light of the world! We are to show others the way and be the bright to their dark. As a child of God, you are not to fit in…NOPE (so stop trying). When we try to dim our lights so that we fit in with others, we are not only hurting ourselves and our own potential, but we are doing them an injustice. What good would Harriet Tubman have been if she would have just went and chilled on the plantation
So, this week, intentionally “season” someone’s day with the joy of the Lord and be the bright to someone else’s dark. When the opportunity presents itself, don’t “go off”, but take the God route to solving your problem. He will lead you IF you let Him.
“Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” Matthew 5:16
Now, get some rest, God’s got you!
Love y’all (I really do!),