Salt and Light, flavor and illumination

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Matthew 5

13 “You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men.

14 “You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. 16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.

 

Remember the audience that Jesus was teaching.  They did not have refrigeration nor did they have ice. Meat that was cut had to be salt treated for it to last. The salt both preserved the meat and seasoned it.  Salt was an important commodity.  Everyone knew the value and importance of salt.  More than likely, all of them also knew what it was for salt to lose its flavor.  To rub a piece of meat with salt only for the meat to sour meant that the salt had gone bad.  Salt that did not preserve nor flavor had absolutely no value whatsoever, it was thrown into the street.

 

A candle was as valuable then as a light bulb is to us (a light bulb in a lamp, that is).  I recently put what I thought was a good light bulb into a ceiling fixture only to find out that it was no good.  What value is a light bulb that doesn’t work?  What good was a candle in the dark if a bushel was placed over it?  The point is quite clear.

 

We then are called to be salt and light to a world in need of both.  Jesus then told his listeners (and us) to let their light so shine before men so that they would see their good works and glorify the Father in heaven.  When we provide salt and light to those in the perishing darkness those in the darkness  will glorify God and thank Him for sending us.  What if they won’t listen?  Shine the light anyway; do good works in the name of the Lord Jesus. Care at a level where those cared for will know that your care was foreign and tell them that the Lord was caring for them through you.  Let His light so shine through you so that those around you will taste the goodness of God and see His glory.

 

We have been having really good services at Sunrise.  There were eighteen residents in attendance today with a new lady named Agnes.  She said her nickname was “sis” because her sister could not say Agnes.  She is a sweet lady.  Some years ago I asked prayer for a new woman named Sharon.  Sharon comes every week now and has come to a much greater peace in her soul.  Jean does not remember me from week to week but she sings all the songs from memory.  She used to be in the church choir and was a war nurse. 

 

Tonight is our regular schedule of prayer time, Bible study, youth group and K4T.  We are supposed to be having some visitors for youth group.  Pray for this time with them. 

 

Have a great day in the Lord,
PS

 

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