This is from the notes I took during church yesterday. I like to takes notes so I’m focused and paying attention. And, most likely, I will remember it. May God speak to you through this.
Can someone really do something that changes the world? Is it possible for one person to do that? Yes it is. It is possible that you and I can have a part in this happening.
In Matthew 5 Jesus is talking to common, normal, everyday people. That’s who he was targeting. He was talking to those who were ordinary and not well educated. Jesus finds a way to communicate with them. “You are the salt of the earth,” Jesus says. Then He says, “You are the light of the world.” Jesus tells us all this in the Bible today so we’ll lead a Godly life and shine a Godly light.
I. Show a Godly Life – Matthew 5:13
Why would Jesus say we are salt of the earth? Well, in the 1st century, salt was extremely valuable. The people could relate to salt and know they were also valuable. Sometimes people were paid in salt. It’s a preservative and also enhances the flavor of something. Jesus was saying when people look at your life, they’re going to want the same flavoring, me! If we let Jesus live in us and through us, then we are salt to others around us. The church and the Holy Spirit are preserving the world. People don’t need you and me. People need Jesus!
II. Shine a Godly Light – Matthew 5:14 Light dispels darkness. It illuminates the darkness. Who really wants to be in the darkness? A lot of times people don’t know how. Who is this light that Jesus is talking about? It’s Jesus Himself. We are to shine His light, not our own. We do that enough. Yes, we are supposed to have accomplishments, but it’s not for us – it’s for Jesus.
Someone was salt and light to me. Now I need to be salt and light to others. So do you. There has to be a starting point. Have you trusted Jesus as your Lord and Savior? That’s a good place to start. Then you can start growing in Christ and become salt and light for others and change the world.
If you would like to know Jesus, you can pray this prayer or one like it.
I believe Jesus is your Son. I believe he died on a cross, was buried, and rose on the third day. I believe Jesus died as a sacrifice for our sin to save me and to save all. Forgive me of my sins and be the Lord and Savior of my life.
In Jesus name, Amen!