“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.
What kind of light are we? Are we dull, or dim? Are we so bright that we are seen is a dark world, or are we so dim that we blend in with the darkness of a dark world? Jesus said that we are the salt of the earth. We are seasoned with the Word of God, but how may we be seasoned if we are not studying it every day? We should be seasoned in and out of season with the Word of God; so that when we are asked what is the hope of our salvation, we will be ready to give an answer. We are like a city that is set on a hill, we cannot be hidden in a dark world, we stand out even in the darkness. Because we have Jesus living inside of us, He is seen in us, and His light is shown all around. His light breaks the darkness and brightens the way in this dark world that we live in. When we are doing the work of the Lord, people will see our good works and glorify our Father in heaven.
If a basket has cracks or holes in it, and a light is put under it, the light beams comes out in all directions, it does not just shine in one place. Just like us, we cannot just stay in one place; the word of God must be spread to all of the ends of the earth, and when that happens I believe Jesus will be ready to return. Our nation is going through so many things, and our nation has gone through a lot since 9/11. We need Jesus to look on this nation from heaven and smile on us, but that will take a miracle. The world is a beautiful place, but because of sin, it became a very sinful place. We need the light of Jesus Christ to permeate this world, to make things right.
We need His love to lead and guide us when our hearts are hurting because of sin. We need Him to comfort us when we see all of the devastation that is going on all over the world. We need His love to be in out hearts when everything is tumbling down around us, and we just don’t have a place to turn, or to run to when all hell is breaking wide open. We need His strength when we are weak in our spirit, because of the warring that is going on with our spirit and our flesh. We need His peace when the enemy has beat us down with our past mistakes and failures. We need Him when our children are rebelling to do their own things, and turn from God. We need Him to hold us when we are falling apart. We need Him like we need our next breath, our next everything.
When we pray, let us not forget to ask Jesus to shine in us, through us, for us, and all around us. Most importantly of all, PLEASE DON’T FORGET TO ASK HIM TO COME INTO YOUR HEART AND BE YOUR LORD AND SAVIOR. Amen.