Am I Really Being a ‘Salt and Light’ in This Generation?
Let’s quickly study a verse…
Luke 4:42–43 — ‘And when it was the day, he departed and went into a desolate place. And the people sought him and came to him, and would have kept him from leaving them, but he said to them, “I must preach the good news of the kingdom of God to the other towns as well; for I was sent for this purpose”
In this particular verse we see that Jesus was surrounded by people who were astonished by the miracles that was happening through Him. It came to a point where the people almost kept Jesus from leaving because of how fascinated they were by the healings that were taking place. Through this, Jesus’ character was shown very clearly to me and this is something I would like to encourage you all with.
When Jesus saw that the people were surrounding Him and blocking His way to leave, He responded to them, ‘I must preach the good news’. When I was reading this passage God really emphasized the word ‘must’ to me. This word indicates a certainty in doing something (without a doubt), so how does this link in with what Jesus said? Now, Jesus said He ‘must’ preach the good news, showing me that Jesus acknowledged His role on earth and knew the work that God had ordained for Him to do. Nothing was going to stop Jesus from preaching the good news because He knew that this was the way of showing people that He was the light and salt of this world.
God has called each and everyone of us to be the salt and light of this world by giving us our own gifts and purposes. But my question to you today is — Do you see yourself as the salt and light of this generation? (Matthew 5:13–16)
The thing is, some of us know our purpose but we can’t confidently say just as Jesus said “I must preach the gospel” or “I must sing to glorify His name” or “I must write to save souls.” The point I’m trying to make is that we don’t attach the word ‘must’ because we don’t pay attention to the role that God has given us. We see God’s work as a little side dish or a burden and pay attention to it whenever we feel like. This is how I used to see God’s work at times but God really corrected my heart when it came to this. He showed me that working in His kingdom is a privilege. He showed me that doing His work should never be taken lightly and should be done with all my heart because being a light to this world glorifies Him and saves lost souls.
Secondly, we make excuses majority of the time — “God I’m tired”, “God I can’t be bothered”, “ God I just want to be a normal young person and have fun.” Excuses upon excuses. Jesus could have easily let the people be an excuse for him not going to the other towns but He was about His father’s business that He wasn’t willing to compromise or just sit down to talk. He had a task and He fulfilled it. Majority of the time, we abuse the fact that God is a loving God and that He understands so that we can get away with not performing our duties because of our excuses, but through this are we showing God that we love Him? Are we really portraying a self-less love that puts God’s work first over our own lives or are we still choosing to be a part time ‘salt’ or ‘light’?
Hayley Mulenda (motivational speaker) came to my university and said ‘’I don’t make excuses, I make results.’ This phrase had me thinking for a while and I later on applied it to my Christian walk.
No more excuses with God but I was going to use the gifts that He has given me to make results; as in impact this generation with His word and serve him.
If you have been making excuses and not attaching importance to God’s kingdom, please don’t condemn yourself. Rather, let this blog post convict you and allow a prompting in your heart to change the mindset that you have towards God’s work. God knows why He has given you these physical gifts, whether it’s the ability to write, publicly speak, sing, encourage etc. God wants you to attach importance to it TODAY and say that ‘I MUST preach the good news’ in the unique way that God has told you to do.
This is our generation and let’s be God’s helpers by filling it with His word. You have the ability to do this! You don’t know who will be touched by what you do for God.
Impact the world by sharing God’s word.
And don’t forget that you are always a light and salt. — Be about your father’s business!