Friday, August 16th, 2013
Sermon On The Mount (Part 7)
Your Role As Salt And Light
You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men.
You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in Heaven.
Matthew 5:13-16 (NKJV)
Sermons about believers in the roles of salt and light are common, but do we consider the uncommon consequence if we refuse these roles? Think about it: if we are members of a Spirit-filled church (or family), then each one of us is a grain of salt within a block of salt; a beam of light within a room of light; a priest of Christ within a congregation of priests.
'You are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His Own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him Who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light' (1 Peter 2:9).
Pastors need to shake the salt and pass it, strengthen the light and release it, charge God's priests and send them on His way. Living under the roof of a church is not a good option. That's like remaining in rehearsal and refusing the show, or staying at home and refusing to go--into all the world.
Are we nursing a generation of baby Christians? Keeping their mouths to the bottle, because it's easier than the messy job of introducing them to solid food--which is the hard Word of God?
'I fed you with milk and not with solid food; for until now you were not able to receive it, and even now you are still not able; for you are still carnal. For where there are envy, strife, and divisions among you, are you not carnal and behaving like mere men?' (1 Corinthians 3:3).
Aren't we supposed to be about our Father's business? Part of His business was adding God's flavor to a tasteless world: offering passion, purity and preservation to His people--clearing their path of weeds. Salt does all these things and more.
As a Man, His business was show business: reflecting God's light in darkness: 'Arise, shine; for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you. For behold, darkness will cover the earth and deep darkness the peoples; But the Lord will rise upon you and His glory will appear upon you' (Isaiah 60:1-2). Neither baskets nor steeples should cover the light of Christ--which we carry.
If we refuse our assigned roles because of immaturity, complacency, or fear, our Lord says we are good for nothing but to be thrown out. 'Not everyone who says to Me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter the Kingdom of Heaven, but he who does the will of My Father Who is in Heaven will enter' (Matthew 7:21).
To Be Continued...
Theologian commentaries on salt losing its savor: http://biblecommenter.com/matthew/5-13.htm
'How does salt lose its saltiness?' http://deneenwhite.com/2007/01/06/how-does-salt-lose-its-saltiness/
'Uses of salt:' http://impossible2possible.com/bolivia/thickboxes/salt_uses.php (or just google it)...
'Salt of the earth:' http://hethathasanear.com/salt.html
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Sermon On The Mount series.