We are studying the opening verses of Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount in Matt. 5-7. That’s quite a long sermon! It begins well enough---with blessings upon those who are hungry, poor, and lowly. And who hasn’t felt that way? It’s good to know what sort of God we have in our lives. God promises to be there for us when we have no one else to speak up for us.
And then, as Jesus so often does, he switches from God’s promises to us which will benefit us, to commissioning us to benefit others. We are to be salt and light, said Jesus. We have a job to do. Don’t you find it interesting that when Jesus speaks of the difference his people make in the world, he uses two small, often unnoticed, seemingly insignificant substances---like salt and light?
As we have noted on other occasions, Jesus is a great delegator. He not only saves the world, and speaks the truth, and heals the brokenhearted, he also calls us ordinary followers to do what he does in the world. We are blessed, and we are called. You and I are God’s salt to savor what is for many a bland, tasteless and hurting world. You and I are light to shine a path for those wandering and lost in the dark.
As I said in my sermon yesterday, for any of the perceived limitations and challenges in our congregation, please know that our church is God’s answer to what’s wrong with our world. I mean it! At this time and place, we give salt to savor people’s lives by our missions. At this time and place, we are Christ’s light shining that all may see in Jesus the outbreaking of God’s kingdom on this earth. As Jesus said in this Sermon on the Mount, we do what we can, and he’ll do the rest!