Each day life can bring us a number of uncertainties, annoyances and disappointments. It’s often easy to react to things based off of your first instinct and fleshly desires. Some times it feels good to give a person a piece of your mind, curse those who have hurt you or engage in a juicy gossip session, or two. Some times taking the high road takes a little more self-control than we would like to exhibit. You know, some times it just feels good not to care.
All times, in these moments we are succumbing to fleshly desires. Its far easier to allow the flesh to take control of our reactions and responses than it is to walk spirit led. Despite wanting to handle situations in the way that we would like to, we have to be mindful that, as self proclaimed Christians, everything that we say or do points to Christ.
As I evolved, and am ever evolving, in my walk with Christ, I have become more mindful of the things that I do and say. I am quick witted & tempered, sarcastic at times and often times want to treat others the way that they treat me. My anger at times can get the best of me and, when I am right, I can take the wrong approach to handling situations.
Each day I pray to God to give me the opportunity to be a blessing in someone’s life. But more recently after a conversation with my mother after a small altercation with a woman, my mother said something to me that caused me to add on to my daily prayer, “Remember to be salt and light.”
What seems like such a simple reminder to a Christian had such a deep impact on me; for days, I could not get “Be salt and light.” out of my head. Before I responded to any thing, I heard my mother’s voice, “Be salt and light.” It dawned on me that while I asked God to allow me to be a blessing to someone’s life daily, I also needed to ask him to help me understand that some times the blessing to others is in not saying or doing what I would like to. I begin to add to my prayer, God help me remember to be salt and light.
In Matthew 5:13-16 Jesus states, “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot. You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” NIV
In this passage, Christ tells us that we are put on earth to bring the flavor of God to this world. When people interact with us, they should get a taste of what it feels like to interact with God. If we lose our flavor, what will we be good for? Nothing. Christ goes on to explain that we are the light of the world. Light is not meant to be hidden, it is meant to be generous, it is meant to shine, it is meant to give refuge in a dark world.
Regardless of how our flesh would desire to walk through each day, we must remember to always act in a tasteful manner, for we are salt. No matter how trying a situation may be, we must always remember to shine our light, for our light reflects the love of God. The next time we want to act or react in a way that does not resemble our savior we have to ask ourselves, “What do I taste like?”, “Am I shining?”. We must forever remember to be salt and light.
– Mingo ♥