Well, I’ve made it past the 100 page mark in this page-a-day journey I began at the beginning of the year. Page 101 has been a cold, dreary, rainy day outside that was made better by being a Sunday so it included Bible study and worship with my church family at Deer Run. After lunch I spent some time relaxing, going through yesterday’s photos, and answering questions online about the cameras I use.
This morning’s sermon at Deer Run was from the Sermon on the Mount where Jesus states that you are the salt of the earth and the light of the world. In the years I served as dean of the 5th & 6th grade camp weeks, I would alternate years using salt and and then light as the theme for the week. We generally expect Jesus to be the salt and light that changes the world so it often comes as a surprise to learn He expects us to fill that role. When we are immersed into Christ, He puts His Spirit within us so that we can be the salt and light that the world needs to experience. We become the container through which God pours Himself out into the world so that people would come to know Him. I know this because Jesus says that our light should shine in such a way that people glorify God because of our good works.
As I went through the sunset photos I took at Lake Michigan yesterday, I was drawn to the light shining through the spray of water from the waves and reflecting off the surface. I thought about the power of the waves as they crashed over the lighthouse piers. I thought about the danger of being caught in the path of these waves as they wash over anything in their path. Then I thought about the power of Jesus who commanded the waves to be still one night and the wind died down and the sea became calm. It is this power that call us the salt of the earth and the light of the world. Think about that if you doubt your ability to be salt and light. The ability doesn’t reside with you, it comes from the One who speaks the word and calls you to be such.
I pray that you and I would live a life of worship that enhances the worship that takes place when we gather with other believers. I pray that we would recognize our role as salt and light in the lives of the people around us. I pray that we would be confident in God’s power to make us effective as salt and light through the word spoken by Jesus. I pray that everything we do would bring glory to our Father who is in heaven.