Salt & Light

From Matthew 5:14-16, The Message Bible:

“Here’s another way to put it: you’re here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world.  God is not a secret to be kept.  We’re going public with this – as public as a city on a hill.  If I make you light-bearers, you don’t think I’m going to hide you under a bucket, do you?  I’m putting you on a light stand.  Now that I’ve put you there on a hilltop, on a light stand – shine!  Keep open house; be generous with your lives.  By opening up to others, you’ll prompt them to open up with God, this generous Father in heaven.”

Too many forms of communication and entertainment are non-human like TV, Facebook, video games.  With much of technology luring us towards isolation, it can be difficult to remember at times to be socially active and have real conversations with other people.  We can have some affect sharing with “online” relationships, but it’s never the same.  It’s so easy to post something to a friend’s Facebook wall, and yet I never hear their voice or get any immediate feedback like I do with live communication.

I was thinking of my friend, Sandy and realized we’d not spoken by phone in a while.  We can e-mail, but that is simply not the same as hearing the voice of my friend.  And it’s even better to meet for coffee and conversation.  We are free to share tears, laughter, prayers – the God colors that are built into our lives.

Jesus was a great example for us in how He interacted with others in the neighborhood.  That’s real salt and light.  So don’t lose your flavor, but let it sprinkle or pour out everywhere you go, like the fragrance of the Father who created you to be a light-bearer in His image.

(c) Robin Lawrimore 2011


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