Wednesday, 6 November 2013

Strategically Placed

13 “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.

14 “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.  Matthew 5:13-15

Sometimes when I read Scripture I subconsciously deflect it from its full meaning.  The verses above are a perfect example.  I accept the fact that God expects me to be salt and I immediately think of situations in which, for the most part, I am salt.  I play the same mental gymnastics with light.  This approach is a little like the young boy who shoots his arrows at the side of a barn and then goes and draws a bulls eye around the tip of the arrow making it appear that each arrow struck the dead center of the bulls eye.

I am to be the salt and light in each and every circumstance in which I find myself, not selectively looking at my behavior through a narrow lens that gives me a distorted picture of how I’m measuring up to God’s Word.  God being God, He strategically places me in situations in which my light can shine or it can grow dim.  He places me where my saltiness can preserve a relationship or allow it to spoil.

Often it is easier for me to let my light shine when I am in public.  I rarely get visibly upset when things don’t go the way I think they should while at work.  At home however it is a different story.  Does God want me to represent Him while I’m in public?  Absolutely.  Does God want me to depict the same allegiance to Him when I am at home?  You better believe it.

The Voice Translation gives the following narrative ahead of verse 13.  It says, “Salt draws out the good flavors subtly hidden in food and preserves what would otherwise spoil, as do those who claim to be children of God.”  As I apply this verse to my marriage it suggests that I have the ability if not the responsibility to draw out those great qualities that my wife possesses.  Sadly the flip side is there as well.  By neglecting opportunities to build her up and encourage her she may not blossom as she could.

Just in case you ladies missed it, verses 13-15 are not gender specific.

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