Joyce. Dick. Joel. Mrs. Laubach. Kris. Marty. Jane and Jane. Sam. Peter. Know what they all have in common? Each, in their own way has been salt and light in my life. What do I mean by that?
You know salt – when used the right way it brings out the flavor in something. Or used in another way it can be the catalyst that starts a reaction. And Light – it flows over everything in its pathway. Light cannot just be willed away. Left to its own devices light will shine, shine, shine!
Jesus calls to us to be both these things in the lives of others. We are to be salt – people who bring out the rich “flavor” of others. We are to be catalysts for the Kingdom of God. Setting off reactions…for good in people’s lives. We are to be lights that shine the love of Jesus into the lives of all who cross our paths…ALL who cross our paths.
Simple. Yet hard?
Being salt and light takes courage. Being salt and light takes patience and tenacity. Being salt and light takes awareness – who are the people around you? How can you shine into their lives? Not to judge, or be harsh or demanding…but to bring love in? Being salt and light isn’t a once every once a while thing…it’s how we’re to live – every day, every moment. Salt and light.
How well are you doing?
Personally – I do great some days, and well, not so great other days. Some days I don’t feel like being salt or light. I don’t want to shine and I definitely don’t want to be the catalyst that starts something! But then I stop and think. About Joyce. Dick. Joel. Mrs. Laubach. Kris. Marty. Jane and Jane. Sam. Peter…and so many others who have been salt and light for me. And I think who am I to accept this incredible gift of Jesus’ love and not be willing to share it?!
Salt and light – takes courage, takes patience and tenacity. It takes being aware and being willing to act…but it’s not really that hard. It’s not hard because Jesus so willingly gives us opportunity upon opportunity to be just that – salt and light.
So, today…stop and think – who has been salt and light in my life? Maybe take time to thank them if you can. Then…open your heart…because you, follower of Jesus, get to be salt and light too! – Pastor Jane Jebsen