The scripture today is Matthew 5: 13-20 (NIV version)
“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. Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. For truly I tell you, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished. Therefore, anyone who sets aside one of the least of these commands and teaches others accordingly will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever practices and teaches these commands will be called great in the kingdom of heaven. For I tell you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the Pharisees and the teachers of the law, you will certainly not enter the kingdom of heaven.”
I remember a few years ago the phrase “Salt and Light” was the theme for Leadership Lab. While I did not go to Lab, nor did my children that year, the Labbers came back with a certain glow and excitement about them. They were excited to be the salt in a sometimes-flavorless world and were ready to shine their lights for all to see! I love observing young people when they have a mission to achieve.
Those of us who are not exactly young (but always young at heart!) need to be salt and light as well. We should always strive to shine our light through our works in helping in our world. By doing so, we are spreading salt to add taste for those who have been beaten down in life and need our help. When Jesus commanded that our righteousness surpass that of the Pharisees and the teachers of the law, he meant to go beyond what was understood before he came to earth. He wants us to obey the laws but do so with the love and grace that He has brought us. We will never obey the laws perfectly here on earth but are blessed with the grace of God and are forgiven. We must do what we can to spread His love and righteousness in our own lives.
Dear God, please help me to be salt and light in this broken world. Let me always strive to do what You ask me to do. Amen
Karla Gerke Karla56@charter.net
Prayer Concern: Those who need the light of the Lord in their lives