We’re sitting at Jesus’ feet, listening to the greatest sermon ever preached: The Sermon on the Mount. His radical words of love, joy and peace amazed his audience and turned the world on its head.
We started with the Beatitudes — eight essential aspects of Christian character and the blessings that flow from them. Today, Jesus moves right into how we’re supposed to live in this dying, dark world.
Here’s what he said:
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 underfoot.
You are the light of the world. A town built 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 others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.
How do these words from more than 2,000 years ago apply to us today? Christians are called to be different. We should stand out from the world around us. We should always …
BE SALT. Salt has two main uses: preservation and flavor. Christians are called to rub themselves into this decaying world to help keep it from going bad. If we lose our saltiness, we look and taste just like the world and we might as well be thrown out and stomped on.
BE LIGHT. Without Jesus, the world is in utter darkness. We’re called to light it up with acts of love. Never, ever be ashamed of who we are in Christ Jesus. Let his love, joy and peace shine like a beacon for all to see!
LIVE LIKE JESUS:
BE SALT + LIGHT