The Saltiness and Brilliance of the Church - Matthew 5

Thoughts from today's reading of Matthew 5...

13 “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. 14 “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 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. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.

Passivity. This past Sunday Jayson mentioned in his Sunday talk how Jesus HATES lukewarmness. I see why He hates it so much. It's deceptive. One of the ways that we fool ourselves is to think that as long as we're active/busy in church, that lukewarmness/passivity isn't an issue in our lives. Today's text speaks volumes regarding it.

You ever wonder how salt can lose it's saltiness - because it actually can. Jesus' disciples were not as confused about this statement as we are today. They knew perfectly well what Jesus was talking about here. The salt that was used in the Biblical times can actually lose its saltiness when it is CONTAMINATED by a particular substance/chemical that was common back then as well. Jesus was talking about how the world and religiosity can contaminate our faith. Over the years, I've come to see the intertwined nature of passivity and worldliness/religiosity. Notice what Jesus says about us being the salt OF THE EARTH and that we are a LIGHT OF THE WORLD. Yes, our church is definitely part of the earth and the world. However, we have to remind ourselves that we are not the ONLY part of the world and the earth. We "practice" faith in the church because it's safer for us to do so. Grant it, I can't deny that it is faith in some ways. But all I know is this - when we're out in the world trying to be the salt and the light - THAT takes faith. The practice of safe faith is not that far off from no faith at all - hence, passivity in the Kingdom. I want to challenge all of us to be the salt and the light as we practice a level of "unsafe" faith IN THE WORLD AND THE EARTH today. #desiringGod2017