If Jesus desired that we constantly surround ourselves with others who believe in him and never interact with those who don’t believe in him then it follows that he might as well just end our lives on this earth. Poof. Mission Accomplished.At the same time, if he just wanted you to exist in this world with no direction then what would you be living for?
In Matt 5:13-16 Jesus shows us the relationship we are to have with the world. “You are the salt of the earth . . . . You are the light of the world.” In other worlds: there is a way Christians function in this world, it is unique, noticeable, and reflective of Jesus . . .
Does being salt or light mean being an instigator? Perhaps. Jesus drove people out of the temple, but that had to do with zeal for people worshiping his Father. It didn’t mean simply being annoying—which is something some Christians love to do. A few things salt and light mean:
- You have been changed by Jesus: It starts here. If you haven’t been changed by the grace of God, living as salt and light in the way Jesus explains is impossible.
- You stay in your marriage: Tapping out of your marriage is much easier than staying in it, fighting for it, forgiving your spouse, asking forgiveness form your kids, and not being an idiot. Fidelity is very salty.
- You are honest with your sin: Coming into contact with the grace of God means we have to realize our own sinfulness. We don’t hide it, we don’t run from it, we let the grace of God forgive us. A forgiven person lives differently.
- You forgive the sin of others: If you’ve been forgiven then you can forgive others. Lead first. Don’t wait for someone to approach you, you approach them.
- You care for your neighbors: Changed people care. They give an extra hour, an extra mile, an extra meal, and an extra “How can I serve you?” Their agenda is never “look compassionate while not actually being compassionate.”
But, in the words of Levar Burton, you don’t have to take my word for it. Listen to people form our own church family talk about how they live as salt and light.