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To Know Christ and to Make Him Known – Philippians 3:10

Salt and Light 2

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…The previous sharing gave the Biblical challenge for being salt and light in a post-modern culture. The following is a true account of how the Lord helped Kathi and me to flavor our life in a positive way for our neighbors:

In a community where we lived there was a young couple who purchased the home next door to ours. The young woman’s father was a good man whose desire was to help his daughter and her family get settled in to their new place. On several occasions this gentleman spoke with me about what he intended to do to make sure all things were right with the property. One of the things on his list was to have a survey done on the property lines. He told me, if the neighbor’s fence directly behind me was on his line, he would be sure it was moved or their would be a law suit.

Several days later I noticed the surveyor with his transit sighting the lines. The next day my new friend came to me and he looked very concerned. He said the survey showed that his fence was so many feet on my property. He apologized and said for me to decide what I wanted for the property and let him know. As soon as he spoke I knew what I wanted for the property but felt I should check with Kathi first, since she is part owner also. I told her the story and she said, “What do you think about charging him $1.00?” I said, “That is exactly the amount I had in mind.”

The next day I saw my friend working in the yard next door and so I stopped what I was doing and struck up a conversation with him. I could tell he was uneasy so I said, “Oh, by the way, I checked with Kathi about the sale of the land and we thought maybe $1.00 would be sufficient, if you think that is ok.” He looked at me and said, “Oh that is more than alright.” He left rather abruptly, but then the next day I saw him again. He apologized for leaving so quickly but he said he was so taken aback by what we had done that he was in tears. You see, this man is not a Christian. He has made statements, letting me know of the hypocrisy he has seen in those who claim to be Christian and their behavior has hurt him so much that he wants little to do with them. He said, to me, however, what you and your wife have done will cause me to put your names on the top of the list when I think of Preachers.

The next day I was in the yard again and here came the man’s wife and their daughter toward me with tears streaming down their cheeks. They said some very kind words. My response…”This is how Jesus wants his people to be…” The property is not really ours. It belongs to our Lord. I thought it possible that Jesus could have allowed us to buy this home just to have the opportunity to be SALT AND LIGHT to a man who has been disappointed by professing Christians all his life. Maybe he knows now that there are some of us who live for more than the things of this world. We live, hopefully, to bring his kingdom on earth as it is in heaven.

August 7th, 2007 Posted by | Witnessing | 3 comments

Salt and Light

salt-and-light.jpg The challenge of our Lord to be salt and light in a world plagued by insipidity and darkness is still at the forefront of true disciples today. Springing forth from each generation of Christians is an endless sea of ideas and methods to reach a lost and dying world. Perhaps one of the biggest hurdles the Christian witness must face in a post-modern culture is that the average person does not know he is lost and cares very little, if he is. Kathi and I observed just days ago that our immediate neighbors all around us are people who have nothing to do with the Church. There lives are filled with working, family and fun. The latter seeming to be the most vital. Little thought is given to purpose in life or what occurs after death. Life for so many in our western culture is about experiencing as much they can as fast as they can with as many people as they can and acquiring as much of it as they can. The Christian witness is then left with the perplexing assignment of finding ways of reaching such a culture.

Being salt and light, however, is still in vogue 2000 years after Jesus spoke the words on a hillside in Gallilee. This is true because it involves an eternity-old concept of relationship, which God desires from and among his people. Salt is that element which both flavors and preserves in life. Light describes the realm where God dwells and is that which displaces darkness. As our relationship with our Lord develops, our neighbors feel better when they are around us. Their lives seem more secure to them because they live near someone who knows where ‘true north’ is. Every time they are around us they seem to have more hope and see a future with more possibilities. They know the things for which we stand, not because we are always telling them but because we live our standards and do not compromise our ethics. And we do all that without a self-righteous attitude that sets us above them.

We must remember that Christians are people, who have accepted the grace of God. We are sinners, who know we have offended a holy God and deserve nothing in this life or the next. Because we have been forgiven of our offenses, and have found the way to life eternal we now possess the spiritual roadmap for others to follow. The map to glory certainly involves our knowledge of the Bible but with that in mind let us not use the Bible as a club to beat down people, who care little what we think anyway. Let us be salt…let us live life fully. May life around us be filled with joy. May the world observe us in our sorrows and trials and as they observe may they see that through our tears and frustrations we live by a faith that works. Furthermore, may the shadows in our life reveal the light that guides our steps and may the footprints we leave lead our neighbors to believe in the One who is salt and light in us.

August 7th, 2007 Posted by | Witnessing | comments