Friday, February 28, 2020

ARE YOU A UNHIDDEN LIGHT? PART ONE

 “You are the light of the world. A city situated on a hill cannot be hidden." Matthew 5:14 (CSB)


We have pondered how Salt is our Christian Witness.

Consider now, Light is our Christian Testimony.

Light is described as a form of energy it is always moving. “When light energy ceases to move because it has been absorbed by matter, it is no longer light”

Light has been a symbol of divine presence. Jesus said that He was the light of the world.

Who is the true source of light?
·      “Then Jesus spoke to them again saying I am the light of the world.” He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.” (John 8:12)
·      “The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?” (Psalm 27:1)

We know today that Jesus is the Light of the world and we are to reflect His Light in our world. We are to share what Jesus has done for us to others, verbally.

Consider some of the functions of Light:
LIGHT Exposes darkness. I read an account about some miners trapped in a Kentucky Coal mine following a cave-in. When rescuers arrived, one of the miners called out – “Why didn’t they bring a light with them?” It was then that they realized he was blind from the explosion. It was only when the light was there that they knew any difference. You see, darkness is expelled as soon as you hit the lights. People are not aware of the darkness they live in if they don’t see the light. “The people who were sitting in darkness saw a great light.” (Matthew 4:16) The question is does my life help people see more clearly?

Light serves aS A guide. Airports help planes see the runway through the use of lights. When we try to drive in the dark or land in the dark without lights it is dangerous. We are guides to people who are in darkness.

So, today mull over this question –

Does my reflected light of Jesus expose the darkness to those around me and do I serve as a guide to find the right way?


Thursday, February 27, 2020

ARE YOU A SALTY CHRISTIAN - PART TWO

 “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt should lose its taste, how can it be made salty? It’s no longer good for anything but to be thrown out and trampled under people’s feet." Matthew 5:13 (CSB)


Yesterday we looked at the many uses of salt. Salt was an important (and still is) commodity in the days of Jesus. Salt was very important.

Our Witness as Christians is even more important!

Our Witness, like salt, doesn’t always have to be big and bold, but it should always add value, it should bring a quality that people are attracted too. Salty Christians are those whose mere presence lifts us up because we know they will encourage us just being around them.

Do you know Christians like that? Are you one? Christ Living in you, Reigning in your life will transform you into a salty Christian, one who adds flavor wherever you go.

Recently I was called on because someone had just lost a loved one. What do you say? What do you do?

Sometimes our Witness isn’t in what we say, it’s in just being there, being present. I shared very little, but I let them know I was there, and I told them I would be there in the weeks to follow if they needed to talk about what happened.

Being a salty Christian is the influence that you have over other people’s lives to season, and preserve them for eternal life.

Christ is saying let your influence season people’s life for the kingdom.

Salt changes things; a little salt can flavor a big pot of beans. It only takes a little salt to flavor a whole community, a whole neighborhood, a whole workplace.

But friends, if the salt never gets poured out of the shaker, then it’s no good. Salt that never leaves the shaker is just a decoration on the table.

As Christians we are called to season, to influence the people we come in contact with. We need to make it a conscious decision to get involved with the unsaved.

So, let me ask you:
·      How can you pour yourself out this coming week?
·      Is your life making people thirsty for Jesus?
·      Is your life a pleasant seasoning in your home, community, work, and church?
·      Is your life showing people the preservation that comes in a life in Christ?
·      Is your life declaring your friendship to those you come in contact with?

Jesus said, “You are the Salt of the earth” – ARE YOU?

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

ARE YOU A SALTY CHRISTIAN - PART ONE

 “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt should lose its taste, how can it be made salty? It’s no longer good for anything but to be thrown out and trampled under people’s feet." Matthew 5:13 (CSB)

"You are the salt of the earth.”

You know that Jesus was a Master Teacher; he used illustrations that the people would be able to relate too and be able to understand.

Salt was a very important element in Jesus' day, just as it is today. Do any you use Salt?

In many societies, salt was so highly valued that it was used for money. The English word salary is derived from the Latin word Salarium which refers to the payments made to a Roman soldier with salt. Herod’s temple had a chamber of salt for the ceremonial use of salt. Whenever a city was defeated the custom was to throw salt throughout the city. This means that the city could not be useful anymore. Elisha used salt to purify the water of Jericho (2 Kings 2:20) The normal procedures when a child was born was to be rubbed with salt (Ez. 16:4)

Salt Makes A Difference.

What are some of the uses of Salt?

SALT MAKES YOU THIRSTY. Have you heard the adage that you can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make him drink? Wrong! Just put a lot of salt in his oats.
SEASONING. In Bible times and still today salt is used for seasoning our food. Who likes to eat food without salt? Even though salt is so small and yet hardly noticeable it makes a difference when applied to our food.
Preservative. It was also used to preserve food. They did not have the refrigeration systems that we have today. Salted fish and pork was a staple. I remember seeing hams hanging outside a butcher shop on a street corner in Gettysburg, PA in the full Sun. They were salt-cured and thus would not spoil. In order for our lives to be a living sacrifice for God, they must be preserved and seasoned with the righteousness of Christ.
Friendship. Salt was seen as a covenant relationship. The Scriptures say, “It is a covenant of salt forever before the Lord with you and your descendants with you.” (Numbers 18:19). So salt also represented a relationship. “It represented hospitality that cemented on friendship.” An old Arab saying is “There is salt between us.”

Jesus as He spoke and He preached this message, His people understood the importance of Salt, and also knew it’s uses and how important it was in life.

Tomorrow, we will see how this relates to our witness as a Christian.

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