you are the salt of the earth.
but what good is salt if it has lost its flavour?
can you make it salty again?
it will be thrown out and trampled underfoot as worthless.
you are the light of the world like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden.
no one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket.
instead a lamp is placed on a stand where it gives light to everyone in the house.
in the same way let your good deeds shine out for all to see so that everyone will praise your heavenly father.
we cannot make ourselves salty again but Christ can return us to the state of being where we are of some good or usefulness to the world by living lives committed to holiness and making Christ attractive by being a loving representation of what it means to follow Him wholeheartedly.
no one wants to be seen as worthless therefore we can persuade others not to feel this way about themselves by urging them to see the worth that God gives them and to find their self worth in who He is and the ways in which He can use their gifts and talents for His glory, also by pointing out how His nature is being revealed in the positive attributes of their character and personality.
imagine if you were glowing so brightly that you couldn’t go anywhere in the world to hide from that brightness.
that’s how great a luminosity the Jesus in you creates 🙂
we do not hide lights where nobody including ourselves can see them yet the light of the love of Jesus is often something we keep tucked up away inside ourselves to our own detriment when it is the very key that people need to avoid suicide and wasteful living and giving up on themselves by shooting their dreams in the foot permanently shelving them cos they cant see any way to make them grow arms and legs and be breathed into life.
its true that a bulb can get light to everyone in the house.
may all the members of our households be reflections of the light of Christ’s enduring love for us that cannot be destroyed by fire flood famine or any other pestilence the devil hurls in our direction.
many of us remember the part about doing good deeds for others but often we forget to give the credit back to Jesus as the motivating factor behind our acts of kindness.
the last verse in this passage may appear to be contradicted by Jesus urging of us to do our good deeds in secret then our father who sees what we do in secret will reward us openly but we have to consider that the motivating factor of those who He was warning against imitating the actions of was for selfish gain or to draw attention to themselves.
so it is not that He doesn’t want us to be obvious in our generosity just that in doing so we must keep the focus on HIm and not put on airs like this world cant live without us when it obviously keeps on spinning round the sun and only is allowed to continue by the power of God’s son flowing through us and working despite us.
the aim of our lives should be to bring glory to the Lord in everything we say and do.
it has been scientifically proven that being benevolent makes you feel good about yourself and alleviates depression.
I think Jesus is reminding us not to worry if we don’t get rewards on earth because we have a better reward waiting for us in heaven where moth and rust cannot destroy and where thieves cannot break in and steal.
I will return again to the familiar theme of matthew 25 as a motivating factor.
we do not want to miss an opportunity to help out Jesus for when we are showing kindness to others we are showing love to Jesus Himself.
it is said in Gods word that we often entertain angels unaware.
imagine you could be helping out one of Gods holy messengers who are helping to fight our battles on our behalf without even knowing it!
it is in the simple things as well as the more complicated and complex ones that we shine our light brightly for Jesus.
it is in being the one who doesn’t honk our horns and swear at the other commuters in the traffic jam .
it is in being the one who gives up our place in the queue so a little old lady can get ahead of us .
it is in the selfish act where we give up that last slice of meatloaf to our kid or sibling or bae that we demonstrate Christs love at its best 😉
it is not one individual that saves the world unless your name is Jesus
this world is redeemed through the tiny acts of kindness we do that display the essence of our creator in every passing moment