Some are die hard fans of the Dallas Cowboys. Others have the New Orleans Saints’ fleur de lis all over their house and their cars. Sports aren’t your thing? How about the way you talk, the manner in which you walk, or your taste in dress? These are all some of the things that clue people in to who we are and what we stand for. The same goes for our faith. We as believers should be able to be easily picked out of crowds — not necessarily by the latter attributes but definitely by how we live our lives. This brings us to our key text coming out of Matthey 5:13 — 16 (KJV). The word of the Lord reads:
13 Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? It is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men. 14 Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hid. 15 Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candle stick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. 16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.
At this point in the scriptures, the disciple Matthew is chronicling the life of Jesus on earth. In this particular instance, Jesus is addressing a multitude that has gathered to hear His teachings. To them He says that believers ought not hide their faith, because we are to spread the word of God to non-believers. Clearly illustrating His point, He uses the analogy of salt. Just as salt is to improve the taste of all that it touches, Christians are to improve the state of wherever they go. If your work office is filled with foul attitudes and back stabbers, for example, bring the peace and honesty of God. Don’t just fall in line with everyone else. If you know something is wrong on any level, it is your job to speak up. Do not fear punishment. The word of God tells us, “Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 5:10 KJV). The same analogy applies with the light. Wherever it is, darkness cannot be. Given we all know the horribly dark state of the world in which we live, let us make a point of being flaming Christians exuding the morals of our faith from every pore, so we can bring light into this increasingly Godless world.
Have a blessed day!
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