You are salt.
You are light.
Jesus said: "You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt
loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing but to
be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men. You are the light of the world. A
city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put
it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the
house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works
and glorify your Father in heaven."Matthew 5:13-16
The Lord Immanuel Foundation, Inc. seeks to build a Christ-centered
disciple-making community empowered only by the Holy Spirit. If you are a
disciple of Jesus Christ, it means that you are learning "to give Jesus Christ
total access to your life so He will live His life through you." He lives in you and through you by the power of the Holy Spirit, the same Spirit that
raised Jesus from the dead (Romans 8:11).
always purposeful and His purposes are always redemptive. They are ageless, set
in eternity. As a disciple of Jesus Christ, you have the awesome privilege of
joining Him in His activity to redeem souls, communities, and nations. He invites
you and has chosen you because He loves you. One of the reasons that Jesus
Christ died for you is to give you this privilege. It is a responsibility as
Jesus calls you salt. Salt is not
just the combination of 2 elements: sodium and chloride. It is a preservative.
It gives flavor so the food is not bland or unappetizing. It has a permeating
quality, not usually seen. Just like salt, your Christlike life and love penetrate
a dying, decaying society through your quiet but eternal impact. Is your life
"salty"? How do your family, classmates,
fellow-workers, authority figures see your life? Are you an influence for good
in your community? Are other people's lives being restored because of you?
of Assisi said, "Always preach. Sometimes use words." Are your words "salty" in
the tongues of those who need Jesus, that is, are you sharing the gospel in a
loving and winsome way? Are you making others realize that the gospel is the 'saline
solution'? Are they becoming your fellow-disciples of Jesus Christ because of
As His disciple,
the Lord Jesus also calls you light.
Light dispels darkness. Jesus said that you give "light to all who are in the
house" (Mat. 5:15). Your household means more than your family. It means all
who are in the sphere of your influence. He even says, "You are the light of
the world." (Mat.5:14). Wow!
You are a
city that is set on a hill that cannot be hidden (Mat. 5:14). When a room is
dark, you do not get bucketfuls of darkness and throw them out of the window.
You simply turn on the light switch. It is always better to light a candle than
curse the darkness. Does Christ shine through you wherever you go? Do you share
the light of the gospel wherever you are, to whomever and whenever the Holy
Spirit leads you, especially when it is most challenging and inconvenient?
Psalm 119:105 says that God's word is a lamp to our feet and a light unto our
path. Is the word of God alive in you, inspiring others to walk in the light of
His word? Are you a true lighthouse that guides those who are lost in the sea
of sin, despair, and hopelessness?
salt and light, you are an "answer to societal change", an agent of
transformation to transformnations.
Always thank God for the privilege of
creating you to be His partner in His Kingdom work for His redemptive purposes.
ones, be salt. Be light. May God bless you as you do.
fellow-disciple of the Lord Jesus Christ,
Zaraspe Yoo, MD