You are the salt of the earth…

You are the light of the world.

A city on a hill can not be hidden.

Matthew 5:13a, 14

 

Here it is in simple, everyday terms. Christians are to be the people who make the critical difference in our world. We bring preservation into it by living as Christ in the here and now. We provide the flavor to this life by demonstrating that Christ is the only way to sure and lasting peace and joy. Jesus is telling us that we are to be active doers of the will of God in every corner of our world. Christ wants Christians to bring His special combination of preservation and flavor enhancement into the world around us; and He sends us out to share the truth about the restoration of the soul, mind, and body that comes only through knowing Jesus.

 

We are also told to be willing to let the light that comes from the Lord shine in our world, for He does not want us to be quiet about who we are and why we are that way. God wants His people to share the ways that Christ takes us to that higher place where we are in the presence of God in this life; He wants us to tell about how we are now living in a heavenly palace of God’s grace, mercy, and love even as we are in the middle of the destruction and the decay that fill this world. The Lord wants us to shout out with an unrestrained voice about the life sustaining reality of the presence of the Holy Spirit in our lives.

 

We are to be beacons of light that call people out of the cold, the darkness, and the death of a life lived without Christ. We are told to let His brightness shine out from us like that city on the hill; then, the light will lead people to the presence of Christ and His Spirit will provide those whose hearts are open and willing with the truth of salvation. Then we are to continue to live as Christ in this world in the community of faith that is His body so that our personal grain of flavor and our intense but singular point of light will be supported by that multitude of others. Together we can create a beacon of light that is so intense and so welcoming that no one can avoid noticing it.