Salt And Light-part 2
Greetings everyone, hoping everyone is having a great day, looking forward to bringing Salt And Light-part 2 to you as I told you I would be doing, we will be starting off our study today at Effective Only When Scattered! so without any further delay here’s our study, hope you enjoy it.
- effective Only When Scattered
For both salt and light to be effective, they need to be scattered. Salt in a shaker is only useful when scattered over food. It does nothing to the taste of the food if it is kept in a cabinet or spice rack. unless the salt is scattered on the food, the food will be unchanged.
Likewise, for light to be effective, it must be allowed to scatter. Scattering of light is very important for our daily lives. Almost all objects scatter light. As believers, we have been called to reflect His light and scatter it to those around us. They must see the Light in order to be freed from their darkness.
The devil, in his pursuit of destroying God’s plan, has made decisions he has regretted. When he could not destroy Jesus, he set out to destroy the church. As wicked emperors brought persecution against the early church, the believers were forced to scatter throughout the known world in fear for their lives. This scattering of salt and light made sure the gospel reached people it may never have reached otherwise.
- Both Serve as Change Agents
Both salt and light help to bring change to the objects they come in contact with. What effect do our lives have on those who rub shoulders with us on a daily basis? Are they developing a hunger for peace, joy, and new life because of our influence?
Individuals have their own free wills, and we cannot force them to give their lives to God. However, if we are truly the salt of the earth and we are living according to God’s will, then our influence through our words and actions should eventually lead some to seek the Lord. Salt will eventually drive us to water. We are the “salt of the earth” and Jesus is the living water that will quench the thirst of all who come to Him. (See John 4:14.)
Joh 4:14 But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.
We cannot be of benefit to the world if we live like the world. We, as believers, are to reflect the light of Jesus Christ to the world. However, once the light of the gospel shines into their lives, they will be confronted with the truth and either embrace grace or run in fear. Our purpose as the light of the world is seen in the words of the Lord to Paul in Acts 26.
Act 26:17 Delivering thee from the people, and from the Gentiles, unto whom now I send thee,
Act 26:18 To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me.
We do not have the option of choosing whether to let our light shine. Light is by nature luminous and shines on areas once in darkness. We have been called the light of the world and have been commissioned to shine as lights in the world.
- Both Have Healing Properties
Though common table salt is one of the worst forms of salt for our bodies (because of the chemical alterations it has undergone), natural sea salt and some forms of rock salt have beneficial properties. From helping with skin maladies to respiratory issues, natural organic salt has healthy effects when used properly.
As the salt of the earth, we have within us—because of the working of the Holy Spirit—access to healing and deliverance for those bound in sin.
It has been proved that light, preferably sunlight, has tremendous healing properties. As the light of the world, we must let the light of the gospel and the light of God’s love shine into the dark areas of people’s lives. We must show them there is hope for the issues with which they are dealing.
- We Are Salt And Light
- The Great Commission
Jesus told His disciples to “go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost” (Matthew 28:19). If our calling and commission lines us with Jesus’ purpose and plan, then this call to tell everyone the good news will involve bringing hope and healing to the hurting. Remember, Jesus said He came to give “sight to the blind” and to “heal the brokenhearted.” (See Luke 4:18.) As salt and light, this is our mission. This must be intentional.
Are we living the gospel intentionally before those around us? What are we doing to purposely turn the eyes of those around us toward Jesus?
- Lifestyle Evangelism
As we reflect on the two warnings embedded in Jesus’ sermon on salt and light, we are reminded of the importance of our being “in the world.” Not only are we to be intentional when it comes to fulfilling the Great Commission as normally portrayed—preaching and teaching in its practical sense—but also we must intentionally live our lives as vessels God can flow through even when we are unaware His Spirit is flowing through us.
We must live a lifestyle that reflects God’s glory. This happens in daily conversations filled with love and grace. This happens in daily actions that are honest and pure. Our behavior should season the atmosphere around us and scatter His light wherever it chooses to shine.
Internalizing The Message
As Christians, we are to serve as a preservative in the world. Just as meat would decay—a natural process—without a preservative, this world is decaying morally without the “salt of the earth.” We may not see the effect we have at times, but the godly influence of Spirit-filled believers helps hold the decay at bay.
The color of salt can vary, though in its purest form, as crystals, it is clear or translucent. Christians are to live in the world yet live pure lives different from the world. The world is rotting around us, and we have been made salt to preserve those who would desire to be free. We must remain pure and resist the pressures and values of the world, proclaiming and practicing biblical lifestyles.
Additionally, as light we should illuminate and reveal Jesus Christ to those around us.
2Co 4:6 For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.
We let the light shine before unbelievers when we live our lives separate, holy, and biblically. We must refuse to let worldliness dilute our savor or dim our brightness. We must live Spirit-filled lives empowered by the Holy Ghost.
So that concludes our study on Salt And Light, so lets finish out our week by letting our light shine by spreading the glorious gospel of Jesus in the way we live a separate, holy, biblically life. Monday we will start our study “A Call to Reconciliation” until then have a Blessed day in Jesus!