In a recent blog post, my writer-friend, Vonda Skelton, wrote about a book she read. Roaring Lambs, by Bob Briner. In this book, Vonda says Briner challenges Christians to get out into the world to be the salt and light Jesus told us we are.
I remember learning the children’s song, This Little Light of Mine. I especially liked the part where we sang, “Won’t let Satan blow it out”. That line was a favorite, right up there with the line in I’ve Got the Joy, Joy, Joy, Joy where we sang, “If the Devil doesn’t like it, he can sit on a tack. OUCH! Sit on a tack…”
How many times though, have I allowed Satan to pphhfftt out my light, or steal my joy? Way too many. That’s for sure. Because allowing him even one small victory is one too many. After all, we are more than conquerors through Jesus Christ. I need to constantly keep those two children’s songs in my heart and sing them out. Especially the tack part.
So how do we become the salt and the light to a world desperate to know the Truth? Step outside the comfort of our church buildings, and step into the world of the hurting for one thing. Be willing to be the hands and feet of Jesus to someone who doesn’t know him yet, for another.
We can’t be salt to the world if we stay inside our salt shakers. We can’t be light to the world if we stay hidden.
So what are you doing to salt and light your world? This little light of mine. I’m gonna’ let it shine…
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Let me tell you why you are here. You’re here to be salt-seasoning that brings out the God-flavors of this earth. If you lose your saltiness, how will people taste godliness? You’ve lost your usefulness and will end up in the garbage. Here’s another way to put it: You’re here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world. God is not a secret to be kept. We’re going public with this, as public as a city on a hill. If I make you light-bearers, you don’t think I’m going to hide you under a bucket, do you? I’m putting you on a light stand. Now that I’ve put you there on a hilltop, on a light stand—shine! Keep open house; be generous with your lives. By opening up to others, you’ll prompt people to open up with God, this generous Father in heaven. Matthew 5:13-16 (MSG)
I wish you well.
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Thank you for mentioning the book, Roaring Lambs and my blog post, Sandy. It’s really making an impact on my life, and I’m glad to see it is on yours, too. It’s so easy to get caught up in “church” and forget Jesus’ instruction to us to carry the Light into this dark world. Blessings, my friend!
Happy to mention your wonderful blog site. It’s easy to stay w/ the comfortable, isn’t it? But I don’t believe Jesus called us to stay comfortable.