How To Be Salt & Light

In Sunday’s sermon, we talked about what it means to be salt and light.  This comes from Matthew 5:13-16, which talks about the influence salt can have, and the counter-intuitiveness of hiding a light so it can’t be seen.  But what does it really mean to be salt and light in your life?

I read this a few months ago as I was preparing for the “Great Expectation” series, and I asked myself this question: what if being salt and light was as simple as an invitation to church?  What if all it took was asking someone to just come and see who Jesus is?

What’s the worst that could happen?  They might say no.  Really.  That’s probably the worst thing that could happen when you invite someone to church.  The benefits outweigh the risks, right?

Here’s a list of those benefits (thanks to Perry Noble) for those still unsure about taking the invitation plunge:

#1 – Because everyone spends eternity somewhere. (Hebrews 9:27 is real talk!)

#2 – Because it is impossible to be connected to Christ and not care about the people that He cared about (Luke 19:10).

#3 – Because found people find people (John 1:40-42 & John 1:43-45).

#4 – Because God is patient with people (II Peter 3:9)…and because He is, we should be as well, never giving up on them because God never gave up on us!

#5 – Because there is no other name under heaven by which mankind must be saved (Acts 4:12, John 14:6 & I Timothy 2:3-5).

#6 – Because Jesus will honor our faith when we go all out and do whatever it takes to bring people to a place where they can meet Him (Mark 2:1-12).

#7 – Because being a follower of Christ is about following His commands rather than merely viewing Scripture as a suggestion (see Matthew 28:18-20, Mark 16:15, Luke 24:45-48, John 20:21, Acts 1:8, Romans 10:14-17.)

#8 – Because apart from Jesus, the world is separated from God (Romans 3:23) and the main calling on our lives as followers of Christ is to be agents of reconciliation (read II Corinthians 5:11-21!)

#9 – Because people do not need to “clean up their act” and change their behavior…but rather they need to meet Christ and allow Him to change them from the inside out!  That is the change that will change the world!  (Ezekiel 36:26-27).

#10 – Because God is greater than anyone’s skepticism, atheism or any antagonistic attitude toward’s Him (I John 4:4).

So who are you going to invite this week?  Who are you going to introduce to Jesus?  Who are you going to be salt for?  Who will you be a light on a hill for?

-Pastor Jeff

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