Wednesday, February 02, 2005

Disciples Know (2)

Disciples Know Not to Hide Who They Are
Matthew 5:12-16

"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 city 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 praise your Father in heaven."
(Matthew 5:13-16 TNIV)
There's simply no question when salt and light are present. Their effects are obvious - what is bland is given flavor and those who are blind are enabled to see. Salt retards rot and light leads the way.

So as a disciple of Jesus Christ you simply cannot afford to hide who you are - or whose you are - without forfeiting your discipleship. To throw away your saltiness or to cloak the light within you is to be:
". . . no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out."
If you're truly a Christian, it will show and the world will know. Don't let the world remain oblivious to who is at work in you; let the Lord's work in you be obvious.
". . . light a lamp . . . and put it on its stand . . ."
The Lord is counting on you as a child of his. He is:
". . . your Father in heaven."
The world depends on you for it desperately needs salt and light. It is bland and blind without:
". . . your good deeds."
Salt and light are what you are. So help others today to:
"Taste and see that the Lord is good." (Psalm 34:8 NIV)