Salt and Light
I recently read a column by Larry Alex Taunton in which he said, “When Jesus said to turn the other cheek, he did not mean to turn a blind eye. The highest calling of a Christian is not to be civil; it is to be salt and light.”
Now that is certainly something to think about. Jesus does tell us we are to be light and salt.
“‘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.’”
But what does this really mean for us as Christians in our everyday life? On the surface we know it means to love, show kindness and charity. But as Mr. Taunton stated, it means more than these civil-minded activities.
When you throw salt into a wound, it burns. If you’ve ever had a sore in your mouth and eaten something with salt on it, it burns like crazy.
And we all know what it’s like to be in the dark and suddenly turn on the lights or try to look at your cell phone in the dark after waking up. It’s a shock to your eyes and your whole system. You just want to shut the light out so you can settle back down into your sleep.
I know it doesn’t sound civil or even very appealing to many, but you are that grain of salt that burns and you are that intrusive light. But as Jesus tells us, we are those things through how we live, not by beating people over the head with our beliefs.
I worked with a gentleman who had a penchant for cursing at work. I never asked him to stop in my presence and I never made a face or showed a negative reaction when he did it. But after knowing me a few months, when he would curse in front of me, he would quickly apologize. And he eventually stopped cursing at work in meetings and such.
Somehow, I was that grain of salt that made him aware that what he was doing was not quite right, that intrusive light that made him examine his behavior and it happened without me ever saying a word about his bad habit. That’s what Jesus was saying, let your life and your choices speak. And when someone does ask you to provide a verbal response, be ready with a word that is correct and on time.
You were not meant to fit in as a Christian but rather to stand out. That’s what light does. Ask God to give you the right balance in your life and commit to shining your light everywhere you go!
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