Being Salt and Light in Your Neighborhood

What would it be like for you and me to be salt in light in our neighborhoods?

Consider what Jesus said to a group of his followers.

 

13 “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.

14 “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden.15 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.16 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 NIV)

The followers of Jesus are the salt and light in their neighborhoods, apartment complexes, in their work environment and at their social gatherings.  When we follow Jesus we add the flavoring, create the thirst for God, and bring the light of Jesus to the glory of our Father.

We do not accomplish this by keeping a set of conduct rules.  This is not legalism. This saltiness and light is not produced by us but by the indwelling life of Christ.  He is the flavoring of God.  He is the light of the world.

But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.  (2 Corinthians 4:7 KJV)

When we live under the rule and reign of Jesus, when we come under his authority, his life is released from our “clay pots” to flavor our neighborhoods with God’s presence.  When we follow Jesus into our neighborhoods, when we live by his life, the clay bowls are removed to reveal the light of God.

Imagine two or three believers fully devoted to Jesus living in the same neighborhood.  As their numbers grow the intenseness of the flavoring grows.  The thirst for God is evident.  The brightness of the light begins to push back the darkness.  The presence of Jesus is felt.  The power of God begins to change people.  The neighborhood will never be the same.

“Go and make disciples,” Jesus said, people fully devoted to him, people who allow the indwelling Christ to rule and reign in their lives, people who release the salt and light of Jesus into the world.

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