You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its saltiness how shall it be restored. It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people’s feet. You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven. Mathew 5:13-16
I remember the first guy that asked me to go church with him. He was a guy I worked with at a pizza shop. I was 17 years old. He spoke often about Jesus and the wonderful things that were going on in his life that he gave thanks to Jesus for. I thought it was a neat and honorable idea to be a Christian, but I was far more interested in what I had going on in my life at the time, which Jesus undoubtedly would not have agreed with. He was a few years older than me, he had lots of cool tattoos (don’t judge all you anti-tattoo people) and I thought he was an awesome dude. He asked me several times if I would go to church with him. I said yes, but when he would show up to my parents’ door in the morning, I’d tell my mom to tell him that I was sleeping. I probably stood him up at least 3 times, but he kept asking. You see, I honestly believe that faith spreads much like a plant or a tree. It is planted in your heart which was once hard, but has become softened and fertile. A seed is planted, it is watered and nurtured, and eventually grows into faith. Faith comes by hearing, and hearing the word of God. You hear it spoken to you, and read it in the bible. It can be quick, or it can take years. There may be several people involved in the process. One may plant the seed in your heart, and it may take a dozen others to cause it to grow, but that’s how faith spreads. My friend didn’t know he was planting a seed, and he would have never known if I didn’t look him up almost a decade later and thank him for it. He didn’t know that, he was just being a light like God told him to be. He was being salt. Salt is used to preserve. The word of God has survived as long as it has by people being salt and light to in the world. Aside from about a dozen people, I don’t know who reads this blog, but I feel a responsibility to write it. I feel that it is my job to share my experiences, and share what has changed in my life thanks to God. It’s my job to show people what God has done to me and what God can do to and through you. Writing is one of the best ways that I can do that. It is important for me, and for you if you are a Christian, to keep talking about Jesus and being his witness to others, no matter what. If it makes people hate you, (which it will) if it makes people mock you (it will) if it makes people judge you, if it makes people say horrible things about you, you have to keep being the salt and the light for God. Whether you know it or not, you ARE planting seeds. If 10 people mock you, but you cause just one to become curious about this Jesus guy, then you are doing EXACTLY what you are supposed to do. Let’s keep it up. Stay steadfast in the Lord. I pray that my voice gets louder, my salt gets saltier, and my light gets brighter.