Mrs Dash and the Cigarette Lighter

I’ve recently heard a sermon and a lesson on being salt and light. I think God may be trying to tell me something.
Matthew 5:13 says this in The Message, Let me tell you why you are here. You’re here to be salt-seasoning that brings out the God-flavors of this earth. If you lose your saltiness, how will people taste godliness? You’ve lost your usefulness and will end up in the garbage.
Ouch! I don’t want to end up in the garbage! I want to be the kind of person who brings out the God-flavors of this earth. As I sit here trying to gauge just how salty I am, I’ve come to the conclusion that, a lot of the time, I’m more Mrs Dash-like than real salt.
This is what Matthew has to say in verses 14-16. You’re here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world. God is not a secret to be kept. We’re going public with this, as public as a city on a hill. If I make you light-bearers, you don’t think I’m going to hide you under a bucket, do you? I’m putting you on a light stand. Now that I’ve put you there on a hilltop, on a light stand—shine! Keep open house; be generous with your lives. By opening up to others, you’ll prompt people to open up with God, this generous Father in heaven.
How bright of a light am I for Jesus? There are times when I feel like I shine brightly, but the sad truth is, instead of being like a light on a light stand, I’m shining about as brightly as a cigarette lighter in broad daylight.
I want to be flavorful and bright for The Lord, not bland and dim. I want to live in a way that when others see me, they want to have the joy and peace that I have. Real joy and peace, not just putting on a fake smile and saying Christian things, even people who aren’t saved can tell the difference. I want to be so salty that I raise cholesterol when I’m near! I want to be so bright I hurt people’s eyes! Well, maybe not that salty and bright, but you get the picture.
Let’s get out there and be salt and light today, not Mrs Dash and a cigarette lighter. We have so much to be thankful for and so much love to share. Make people stop and wonder what it is that makes you different.

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