Overfamiliarity

It took me three Sunday preachings to finally understand what being the salt and light of the earth meant. (Matthew 5:13–16)

Salt and Light
13 “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.
14 “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 mNor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, so nthat2 they may see your good works and ogive glory to your Father who is in heaven

I really like listening to podcasts, live streams and commentaries. But particularly today, I was able to act on the preaching in ways I never planned nor imagined. I started this day by listening to a live service but I wasn’t really listening intently. Then I counted coins, listened to yet another preaching, learned a lot but somehow the lessons or the Word of God felt so far and so out of my situation. Until I decided to sweep off the dust in our room and figured I should just listen to another live service. Then things started to change. I was beginning to understand the meaning behind Jesus’ command for Christians to be the salt and light of the earth. I was beginning to understand that people were place in certain families, specific schools and jobs for an appointed purpose. Now, the soil in my heart is ready to be planted. I’m finally in a position to listen to what God is trying to reach me out with. Start where you are.

“I can’t wait to go back to my comfort zone so that I cold study the Bible without distractions” Start where you are.

Where you are now, is where you’re supposed to be. I was caught up with planning for the circumstance to change not realizing that I’m creating false scenarios of calmness in my mind.

It took me three preachings to realize and ask myself, “As I Christian, do I do things differently?” Because honestly, as Christians, we must be doing something differently. We are not of the world. Remember?

This is not a call for rebellion or for another hipster fad against the pop culture, this is simply, the way of life Jesus wants us to live. A life that will choose love. Choose love not only to people who are good to you but choose love especially to your enemies. To pray for our enemies, this is the lifestyle that Jesus wants us to live.

And repeatedly, I was reminded of not cowering down with my faith. Stand up, if you must. A city is set on a hill. You are in a position right now — probably a student, an official, or a mere citizen- you are where you’re supposed to be for a reason. And I’m pretty sure that reason is not to hide, not to blend in, but to stand up. I’ve heard one of my friends before tell me “I like to go to church because the atmosphere is nicer”

and of course it would be nicer! Because we all share the same love that was given by God through His son Jesus Christ. But not everyone knows that. I’m pretty sure every one in church does, but that’s why you’re not in church every day because where you are is where you’re supposed to be.

There’s nothing to stand up for in church. But there’s a multitude of lost souls, dehydrated spirit, and dying lives that need to hear you. They need to know you’re there. They need to know that you still care. They need to know that they are loved.

To them do we become the salt and light of the earth. To them do we lend a helping hand. To them do we listen. To them do we offer our service. To them do we share the love of Christ.

It took me three preachings to understand that. Made me realize that overfamiliarity will hinder you from growing your relationship with God. Overfamiliarity often breeds pride. It breeds righteousness and entitlement. Let’s always make a conscious effort to go back to the basics. Shall we?

Jesus loves me. Jesus loves me, a sinner.

Only by His grace.

Nothing more, nothing less.

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