Saturday, December 01, 2007

If you’re not salty, don’t call yourself salt

While contemplating Matthew 5:13-16 today I couldn’t help but think that there are Christians who have lost their saltiness and would actually do Christ and the church a favor by hiding their light under a bowl. What I mean is that when someone calls themselves a Christian they are telling the world that they represent Christ. The problem presents itself when the person is not wholly living for Christ, but instead is really living for themselves. Their life is evidenced by selfishness, ongoing sin, and a love for the things of this world. They have lost their saltiness or never truly were transformed into salt in the first place. By shining their light of selfishness that is presented as the light of Christ they are grossly misrepresenting Christ and his church. It would actually be better if they hid their light and, yes, stopped calling themselves Christians until they became “salty” and started sincerely acting like it.

However, a Christian that has given it all up for Christ and whose life is characterized by a repentant heart, godly love, a righteous lifestyle, and good deeds needs to boldly, passionately, but still humbly let the world see Christ in them. Of course, don’t flaunt it for your own honor, but just live it and God, your Father in heaven, will be glorified.

Here are the passages:
"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 by men.”

"You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. 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. In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.”

2 comments:

jeff said...

I agree.

The problem would arise in that no one would admit they were the ones who needed dimming. Now, if a guy like you or a guy like me were in charge of the light switches, this would be great!

Good works are the primary way that light is shown, selfish people aren't doing that anyway. Neither passage mentions saying you follow Christ as saltiness or lightness. They'll be trampled by men eventually and God's light always shines.

Becca said...

When reading this I thought of the people in the world who actually love, I mean love things in this world....like Star Trek. (trekies) When you walk in their home you know it, when you try to talk to them, their language is so different, when you go out with them, you end up at a Trek convention...whether or not you like it, you sure know where their love is.
I know that once we receive Christ and really know who He is and have a relationship with Him, we are different. When people walk into our homes they should know who we love, they should wonder what in the world we are talking about and and end up at Bible studies, church picnics and other ministries centered around Christ.
We tend to focus on others saltiness and not our own. If we shine our lights and be salty in our own home first, then our neighbors and co-workers will see the light in us because we are meeting with the saltmaker every day in our own lives. I know by doing the little things He asks of me, that no one sees, and starting to first obey Him in my home and with my family, it is like a reflex out in the world for all to see.
Becca