Daily Devotion - November 2, 2020 - Principle 1: Be Salt and Light

Pastor: Connie Belmore

Daily Devotion – November 2, 2020
Reading:
Matthew 5:13-16
Weekly Theme: Godly Principles that Give Life
Today: Principle 1: Be Salt and Light

Has anyone ever told you that you were the salt of the earth? How did that remark make you feel? Obviously, we think of it as a compliment but what does it really mean to you? OR has anyone ever told you that you are the light of the world or perhaps you light up their world? What do both compliments mean to you?

To me, to be the “salt of the earth means that the person receiving the compliment is the “real deal”. In other words, they are sincere and genuine and trustworthy. To be the salt of the earth is to be one who preserves that which is real, sincere, genuine, and trustworthy. In Matthew 5:13, Jesus tells his disciples that they are the salt of the earth and then warns them to not lose their taste. For me, this implies that if salt loses its taste it also loses its ability to preserve. A Christian who is no longer “salty” is therefore not able to preserve and carry forth the message of Jesus Christ. We therefore should intentionally continue to learn and grow to be the salt of the earth.

Jesus also tells his disciples to be the “light of the world”, implying that a person stands out as a bright spot in a dark place. Do you stand out when you are in your workplace, at school, among your co-workers and acquaintances, or in the culture or community where you play, live and work? Or are you a secret agent saint?

The reasons that Christ challenged his disciples and us today to be salt and light is to preserve those qualities within us that make us unique as Christians so that we can make a difference in God’s kingdom. We must be the salt and light so that our actions are consistent with whom we profess to be as disciples of Christ. If we are Christians, others should see good works in us so that God, the giver of salt and light, can be glorified. We are therefore God’s agents of good values and good works, but always recognize God as the source and giver of both “salt and light”. Let us pray that God will create in us, through the power of the Holy Spirit, strong desire to be salt and light and to reflect his goodness to those in our community, our work, our schools and our culture. Today, this day before election, no matter what the outcome, let us pledge to be the salt of the earth and the light of the world so that we might make a difference in God’s kingdom and in so doing glorify God.

Dear God, thank you for the teachings of Jesus about salt and light. As humans, we physically need a certain amount of salt to survive but spiritually, we need to be the salt of the earth. We also need light to see yet we need to be the light for others spiritually. Help us to be ever mindful as disciples who are the disciple-makers, of our role of being the salt of the earth and the light of the world so that we might make a kingdom difference for your glory, God. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

Thought of the day: You will rarely see what God is willing to do in secret until God sees what you are willing to do in public. (Tony Evans, The Tony Evans Study Bible, p. 1099) --- Think about it!

 
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