“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. Matthew 5:13-16
We as christians are called to be a the salt of the earth and a light to this world. Are you following these directions?
It is hard sometimes to be a light in the would, when we don’t feel like it. Especially, when this world is giving you so much hassle. Jesus never said it would be easy. If fact he mentions how hard it is going to be and what it takes to be a disciple in the Bible.
Luke 14: 27 says…And whoever does not carry their cross and follow me cannot be my disciple.
Sometimes I think we think this is the cross necklaces that we wear around our neck. I don’t think it was meant as that easy. This was more meant like the cross jesus carried that one man would usually not carry alone but a couple of men would carry in pieces.
However, the scripture doesn’t say you and your brother carry the cross, it is talking about one person carrying their cross. (That being said it doesn’t rule out Jesus leading our direction, but just pointing out that it is, that hard.)
Additionally, in Luke 14..Jesus goes on to give two examples, talking about making sure you can can carry your cross before you call yourself a disciple of Christ.
Then it is finished up in verse 33 with…In the same way, those of you who do not give up everything you have cannot be my disciples.
Now does this mean you need to live in a cardboard box on the side of the road? …Well that is debatable, but Jesus does mention in scripture to refrain from anything that causes you to sin. To the extent he gives the gory example of cutting off your hand and/or plucking out you eyeball, so I would suggest this is based on your conviction. We know what everything means for our personal situation.
Now I have talked before about optimism, being a choice not an inborn trait. I think that sometimes with all the struggles we face it is just easier to complain but is this salt, is this light? And some may say well I am not going to fake it. Well I don’t think you have to fake be just shift your focus.
Some of us avid facebookers, bloggers, journalists, ect., can tell where our focus is by reviewing the last few months of posts. The same could be said for thoughts while it may be harder to review if you haven’t had them in writing.
All christians have struggles and complaints. This world is full of problems and the world does need to see authentic christians, but while we may resolve our struggles in our heart with the Lord, what is the world seeing? If we share the joys, the blessings, the struggles with the blessings what is the world seeing?
Additionally, I would like to add that when most people hear the term “world” in scripture they think of the lost and broken, however in this verse the Greek word is kosmos meaning, the world (in a wide or narrow sense, including its inhabitants, literally or figuratively (morally)). So one could argue that this is also applies to your christian brothers and sisters as well.
So again I ask are you a salt and a light to the world? 🙂