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Will You Be Salt and Light Today?
When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” (John 8: 12 NIV)
Is your testimony for Jesus in your circle of influence sprinkling salt & radiating light? In Matthew 5: 13, we read: “You are the salt of the earth…” And in vs. 14, “You are the light of the world… Then in vs. 16 … let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven” (NIV).
What does it mean to be the salt of the earth? To influence others for God, to be an example for God, and to share the love of God.
If you fill a pitcher with water and put an egg in it, the egg will settle in the bottom of the pitcher. Now remove the egg and add a lot of kosher salt to the same water in the pitcher. Place the egg in the water seasoned with salt. The egg will now float. Is that the way your life and my life are on a daily basis when it comes to being salt for Jesus? Do we come to the top? Is our testimony alive for Christ? Do we stand out for Him? Our love for Jesus is the salt that will cause us to rise to the top for Him.
Do you remember the chorus, “This little light of mine, I’m going to let it shine”? How brightly do our lights shine in our circle of influence? Are there bushels that we hide our light under so that no one really knows that we have Jesus in our hearts and lives? In John 12: 36, we read, “Put your trust in the light while you have it so that you may become sons of light…” (NIV). In Ephesians 5: 8 … but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light… In verse 11, our instructions are, Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness , but rather expose them.
We must be the children of light as Jesus is the Light of the world because we are His followers, God’s children. Our light (witness) must continue to glow for all to see that we have become children of God by trusting in Jesus’ bloodshed on the cross for our redemption.
Have you lost your saltiness and glow for God? Ask Him to forgive you and restore the salt and light. Victory in Jesus will once again replace defeat. Chaplain Stan Marsh is on the full-time addiction recovery team at America’s Keswick
Keswick, America’s (2012-12-13). Real Victory for Real Life Volume 2 (Kindle Locations 11436-11463). . Kindle Edition.
Quote of the day: With dreadful reciprocity of influence, the less one trusts, the more he disobeys; the more he disobeys, the less he trusts. Alexander MacLaren
Verse to Memorize: “Ponder the path of your feet; then all your ways will be sure. Do not swerve to the right or the left; turn away your foot from evil.” Proverbs 4:26-27 ESV