“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 underfoot.
“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”
(Jesus – Matthew 5:13-16)
“It is ok to have your personal faith, but do not impose it on me.” Does this phrase sound familiar? The western society I live in preaches freedom of speech, yet when it comes to sharing spiritual believes, then an insurmountable wall comes up. This barrier is growing higher and higher as times goes by suffocating any initiative which is done in the name of Jesus.
If the phrase “love your enemies” is said by a love guru or Buddha, people would say “how beautiful and deep.” If Jesus is quoted saying the same phrase, then they say “Nah that’s religion,” choking any chance of a constructive discussion.
We as Christians are called by Jesus to be the light of the world, not a simple dim light in a corner or a night lamp, but a bright light on a lamp stand, with a specific purpose for everyone to see.
Jesus paid too high a price for us to find shelter in a closet and practice our personal religion in private.
The disciples of Christ are called to share the good news about Jesus as if it was their last day on earth. You would certainly grab the hand of a stranger if he is fallen from a height, far worse consequences happen in the spiritual realm. Not sharing the salvation message with others is actively participating to their doom.
Sharing the gospel is not bashing people with the Bible, too much harm has been done in the past through this method and today we are paying dividends. With all the restrictions tying our society, never like today was so important for Christians to live the gospel and preach it through daily actions and attitude towards others.
Therefore love should be the motivating factor behind all our being. Without God’s kind of love, we would not be able to bless someone who just got a promotion which we deserved or else help others at your personal expense without expecting something in return. In other words loving like Christ means loving unconditionally and becoming selfless so that in all you do towards others will bring glory to God.
The WWJD (What Would Jesus Do) taken from the theology books into practice.
It is interesting that Jesus used salt as analogy. Very little salt gives a flavours a large bowl of soup. The same goes with His disciples, very few faithful will impact the life of many with the power of the holy spirit.
Now is the time to get out of the closet and let the light of Jesus radiate unto others so that they too can taste and see His goodness.
Thank you Jesus for providing this invaluable teaching. As we submit to you, guide us and mould us by the holy spirit so that we can radiate your light on the ones around us. As we do so, draw them to you and convict their heart with your endless love and grace. Amen.