Two: Salt and Light in the Desert
May 19, 2020
In the most recent sermon of our current sermon series — “Now What? Lessons from the Desert” — we talked about what it means to be good news to the people around us.
Jesus called his disciples salt and light (Matthew 5:13-16). “You are the salt of the earth.” Salt is a preservative, and a pretty important one in the time of Jesus which lacked modern refrigeration methods. Salt preserves, preventing decay, harm, and death.
“You are the light of the world.” In a world before our modern lighting system, people literally carried fire around to navigate the world after dark. This significantly deepens the meaning of the Psalmist’s words about God’s word as a “lamp to my feet” and a “light for my path.”
Jesus calls us to be the kind of people who actively preserve creation and who actively illumine the path back to him, which is always important but, perhaps, with deeper implications in this precise moment. Our current world is grappling with more anxiety, depression, anger, paranoia, isolation, and, somehow, even more political polarization due to the pressure of COVID-19 pandemic on people’s lives and livelihoods. Despair, decay, and death is virtually inescapable and, yet, Jesus tells us that in a world marked by despair, decay, and death, our good works stand out so much that they literally have the power to help people see and glorify God.
Being the good news that we proclaim is a tangible way to help people find their way back to God. So, the Harbor Churches Discipleship Pathway Team created a tool – Salt & Light in the Desert – to help you practice being good news as an individual, couple, or family. In it, we highlight five ‘one another’ practices for this season: Speak Wisely to One Another, Encourage One Another, Serve One Another, Forgive One Another, & Tell Stories to One Another.
Each of these five practices has the power to disrupt the narrative of despair, decay, and death being told in our world by pointing people to the hope, love, and peace of Christ.