Kingdom Ways and Means v.2
by Kevin Twombly on August 27, 2020
You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people's feet. You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.
I’m going to humble brag for a moment. I make an amazing salsa. Our garden produces fresh produce that gives me all I need to make a large bowl of incredible flavor. As I said, humble brag, so I won’t say anything further about the absolute phenomenal joy that this salsa brings to all who eat it. I’d love to take the credit for the flavors that all blend together to bring out such a great addition to a plain old bag of chips…but I cannot. Yes, I add the vegetables together. I clean them, cut them all by hand, mix them with love, and savor each batch but the real flavor comes out when I add an ingredient that I cannot grow in our garden. Salt.
If I didn’t understand the chemistry at work with salt I would think it was a magicians tool. It’s a flavor enhancer. It makes everything even better than they are on their own. Salt, however, has a rule with its usage. Too little and the flavor us unmemorable and all who eat this salsa leave full but not really satisfied. Too much and everyone’s lips get that pruned feeling and the contents of the bowl remain largely uneaten. It’s hard to get guests to try a second batch once they’ve had too much salt added to the mix.
Jesus told us that we are the salt of the earth, and we need to ensure that we are deliberately and carefully seasoning the world around us properly. Too little, and the people with whom we have relationships leave our presence glad to have seen us, but still feeling unsatisfied in their souls. Too much, and they are repelled - and it’s very difficult to get a second chance to share our faith with them.
In the same way, we are called to be light to those around us. Light illuminates. Light breaks through the darkness in the lives of us and everyone that we “shine” into. When it comes to being a light in the world, we have a choice as to how brightly we will shine. If we allow ourselves to become run down and if our spiritual systems begin to operate on low wattage, we will shine a dull light that serves very little purpose to others. If we are diligent and keep our spiritual cores strong and energized, we will illuminate the way for people in our world to find the wonderfully abundant life that God has planned specifically for them.
We are called to bring out the “God flavors” in the lives of those around us, and we are responsible for the “taste” of God that we leave with others. We are called to illuminate the world around us in such a way as to bring out the full spectrum of life that is found through Jesus. May we be found faithful at all times. May the Kingdom of God be ever-increasing as the result of the lives that we live.