Sunday, July 3, 2011

Salt and Light

Jesus came to be and bring many things to this earth.  Two of my favorite things that He is to me, are salt and light.  Salt is a seasoning that most of us won't eat without putting on our food.  It just makes food taste better, it tears down the toughness of food and adds flavor to it.  Light dispels darkness wherever it is.  You can't stop darkness from disappearing when a light shines in the midst of it.


With Jesus fused into my heart, my spirit, my soul, then I, too, bring salt and light to my world.  If we are to be Jesus in the earth and to touch people the way that He did, then we must be flavorful; we must dispel darkness with our presence.  So often, the Church stays so out of touch with what's really going on out there in our world.  We stay huddled up amongst ourselves in our own community, being self righteous and afraid of letting the world touch us.  Jesus wasn't afraid to let hurting sinful people affect Him.  He was moved by sinners and people in pain.


We don't want people who don't "fit the mold" to be in our churches.  They must not be engaged in any messy lifestyle or habit or have differing political beliefs or have any doctrine other than our own particular church doctrine.  But you see, God has a plan and a purpose for this earth and it's people.  The only plan God has for making disciples of men is through the Church.  There is no "plan B".


So if we don't take our salt and light out into the world; if we hold onto it just for ourselves, then how will His plan be fulfilled.  We have Christians who have been sitting in our churches who have a lifetime of experience with the love of God; 20, 30, 40, 50 years of knowing the grace, the forgiveness, the fellowship of God.  Are we going to take it with us to the grave or are we going to share it with those who are in darkness and pain?


God is not so much after our gifts and talents as He is after our lives!  He wants our lives to be lived bumping into and rubbing elbows with those out there in the world who need a touch from Him.  Don't be afraid to be salty and flavorful to those around you.  Don't be self righteous and boring.  Go into the dark places and bring joy and light into the mix.  I'm not saying that we are to embrace sin, but we should embrace the sinner.  We should extend the love of God in such a way that it looks flavorful and full of light and grace.  A touch from us should feel like a touch from God.


Take some time and study the people in Scripture who Jesus spent His time with.  Notice that the times  when He rebuked or chastised someone, it was usually a religious person who was making judgments and casting dispersion on people who had not yet experienced the love and grace of God.  Don't be afraid to be around those who aren't like you or those who say they don't believe what you believe.  Make life tasty and flavorful!  Take the light of His love with you and dispel the darkness!  Just be salt and light in a hurting dark world.  Lives will be changed...maybe even yours!


From His lap,

21 comments:

  1. I totally get this. If the light stays in the light it has little impact. But light a match in total darkness and everyone is drawn to it.

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  2. That is right, Shanda! God didn't send His son to perfect people; He sent His son into darkness. People were attracted to His light. Just like they should be attracted to His light in us!
    Blessings,
    Erin

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  3. You are a both salt and light, sweetie! Encouraging and exhorting! Wonderful post!

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  4. That's just about the best compliment that I could get, Lynn! Thank you! That means so much to me. That is just the way I think of you too!
    Love you!
    ~Erin

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  5. Erin,
    This is wonderful. Is there a way I can post this to my Facebook account?
    This really fits into what your dad and I have been teaching in our Life Group on Wednesdays, Sharing Your Faith.
    Have a wonderful rest of celebrating Independence Day!
    Susan

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  6. Erin, I am so glad you found me. This is wonderful, sharing our faith and
    being both salt and light!!! Beautifully written too!

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  7. Amen! It is amazing how just bringing God's love into a place changes the atmosphere.

    I just stumbled upon your blog and am your newest follower. I pray you'll visit me as well. I love connecting with other Sisters-in-Christ.

    Bless you!
    Beth

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  8. Thank you, Melody-Mae! I love your blog. I will stop by often for a good read!
    Erin

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  9. Beth,
    I just followed your blog...love it! Thank you for stopping by. I love meeting sisters in the Lord! I hope my blog blesses you!
    Erin

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  10. I just love this post! Following from vB. One of my first blog posts EVER years and years ago was about what it means to be the salt and light of the world. I republished it years later on Helium, while I was only writing part time. I've grown so much since then, but I love reading others' thoughts about this topic!

    Samantha from vB

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    1. Samantha, I'm so glad you stopped by. I would love to read your article on salt and light. Isn't it fun to go back and read what we've written so many years ago!
      Blessings,
      ~Erin

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  11. I like your blog and profile, both are great. No doubt you are a wonderful creator.
    Thanks for visiting me.
    Bushra Syed:
    www.allaboutbabyzee.blogspot.com
    www.syedstore.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you so much for stopping by, Bushra, and for your kind words!
      Blessings,
      ~Erin

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  12. Mom, you are salt and light to the world.
    Love, Morgan

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  13. What a wonderful in-lightning post! "Don't be afraid to be salty and flavorful to those around you." <3 this!!

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    1. Pam, you are so funny and so wise. I love when you stop by!
      Blessings,
      ~Erin

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  14. Thought provoking post. I was a pastors kid, and my husband was even a youth pastor for a bit and I am just really trying to sort out my thoughts of christianity and God.

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    1. God, can wait for you to sort out your thoughts, Carrie. Just talk to Him and listen with your heart! I'm so glad you stopped by!
      Blessings,
      ~Erin

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  15. Good reminder. Thanks so much for sharing.

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    1. Thank you! So glad you stopped by!
      Blessings,
      ~Erin

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