Last weekend, we looked at Jesus’ calling for us to be “salt and light.” In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus says, “You are the salt of the earth” and “You are the light of the world.” (Matthew 5:13a, 14a, NLT) And, what we learned is that the word “you” is plural, meaning that this calling is something we do together.
We change the world – as “salt and light” – together as a community, not as isolated individuals.
We also looked at what being “salt and light” mean as metaphors.
That just as salt acts as a preservative to prevent disease, death, and decay in meat, Christians are called to preserve the world from disease, death, and decay, and stop the spread of sin in the world. We are to be like salt and actively preserve the good in the world. We are also called to be “light,” meaning we are to be actively doing good deeds in the world, which stand out from the darkness, giving all the praise to God, not ourselves.
We ended with this main point: If you’re a follower of Jesus, you’re called to change the world. We are called to be “salt and light,” being changed by Jesus, and joining Jesus in changing lives and the world around us. This is our calling.
The question is, how do we do this? So, to help with that I gave three words: UP, WITH, and OUT.
1. Connect UP with God
First, if we want to change the world, we need to be daily connecting with UP God. We need a deeper personal relationship with God than ever before. Because, our ability to join Jesus in changing lives as “salt and light” is dependent on having a deep relationship with Him. So, the first thing is to connect UP with God on a daily basis.
2. Journey Deeply WITH Others
Second, Jesus is clear that this calling is something we do together, as a community of believers. We need to journey WITH one another. If we want to change lives, we all need two to three other people with whom we can deeply walk – to support, encourage and challenge one another, as well as to know each other’s real life struggles. We cannot change the world while remaining divorced from community. This is why Home Church isn’t just a sideline thing that we do, but rather it is the main thing.
3. Reach OUT into the World
Last, to be “salt and light” in the world, we are called to follow Jesus OUT in the world – to serve and sacrifice for those in our community. The truth is, we don’t follow Jesus in the church, we follow Jesus as the Church OUT in the world. We need to be consistently giving to our community, so that people turn and give praise to God.
So, if we want to be “salt and light,” we need to live UP, WITH, and OUT. Therefore, my challenge for this week is to ask yourself: Which of these three areas (UP, WITH, or OUT) is God asking me to focus in on? And then actually take ONE step toward growth in that area.