After Easter Instructions

He has Risen! Now what can we do? It’s safe to say that some can experience a spiritual high after being reminded of Christ’ death and resurrection. It’s celebration of the forgiveness of our sins as well as the tomb being empty.  Jesus had the power to rise from the dead.  In Christ, this power is how we overcome the world around us as well as serve the heartbroken people we encounter. It’s easier to know what to do as a follower of Jesus once you know who you are as a disciple of Christ.

“You are the Salt of the Earth.” This is what Jesus calls his people… salt. He tells us this in his first sermon. At this point Jesus’ followers are gaining in number.  He had performed some miracles and the people are starting to believe that He is the Messiah who has come to save them.  After all the “blessed s” in the beatitudes, the first words Jesus uses to tell us who we are are…. You. Are. The. Salt. Of. The. Earth.

“She turned to the sunlight And shook her yellow head,And whispered to her neighbor_ _Winter is dead.”

To the crowd of people Jesus was speaking, this was really significant.  Salt was very valuable.  It was used as a preservative.  They would rub it into meat to preserve it.   You might have heard the phrase, “worth your weight in salt.”  This constantly reminds me of how I am supposed to live my life as a follower of Jesus.

If I am salt, then I should be in the world.  Not only should I be in the world, I should be so close to the world that I am “Rubbed” in it.  Preacher man reminded us yesterday, that sometimes we want to stick our heads in the sand and ignore the big bad world around us.  I get it…it’s scary out there.  You feel unqualified and completely unprepared.

This is the biggest lie Satan whispers to the church.  He puts so much fear in us that we forget what we are really here to do; shine the light of Christ into a broken world.  After Jesus tells us we are the salt of the Earth, He says, “We are the Light of the World.”

I find the order of these descriptions interesting.   He says we are Light AFTER we are Salt.  We can’t shine the light into the world if we aren’t involved in it.  Another misconception that people have is that darkness is half way around the world. Let me be the voice to tell you it is right next door.

It’s the lady at the grocery store who is deeply depressed and feels invisible.   It’s the lady in your small group who is so overwhelmed she cries all the time.  It’s your friend who carries the burden that her husband is an alcoholic, or addicted to porn, or physically abusive in secret.  We are surrounded by hurting people.  Don’t feel powerless in these situations when they come to light! We are the carriers of Jesus Christ, period.

Jesus just wants our Yes.  He will equip and prepare us in each moment through the Holy Spirit.  If you know about the ugly in people’s lives, it’s because God has positioned you in such a way to shine truth into the situations. Don’t shy away from speaking truth or giving hope due to fear.

Remember that you are a solution.  Yes, you!  You are salt and light.  Because of Jesus, you are the hope of the world.  Pray that God removes whatever fear is keeping you from serving others around you. God loves us so much that He allows us to be a part of what He is doing in the world. Let your light shine, friend!

I didn’t start really knowing how powerful the Jesus was in me until I started serving others.  Jesus does what He says He will do.  Jesus want us to see Him for who He is. Jesus empowers His disciples so that we can be used to glorify His name.

Remember who you are because of Easter and walk in that obedience.  It’s where joy is found.  I can’t stop listening to Lauren Daigle’s song, Salt and Light.  The lyrics are my prayer for every eye who reads this.

Let my eyes see Your kingdom shine all around.
Let my heart overflow with passion for Your name.
Let my life be a song, revealing who You are
For You are salt and light.

Lord,

Help us to be Salt and Light in your name.

In Jesus’ name Amen.

 

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