Sprinkling Broccoli Bits on Broccoli
Have you ever sprinkled broccoli bits on broccoli? Probably not. The reason is fairly obvious: there's no point in doing so. There would only be a point if the two items were different and one enhances the other. When Jesus calls us the salt of the earth and the light of the world (Matthew 5:13-16), he is saying that we are different in a way that's intended to enhance and improve and influence the world in which we live.
We are different. We have been rescued out of darkness. We are apart of a new kingdom. We serve a new master. We have a new identity, a new home, a new nature and a new future. Because of the gospel of Jesus Christ everything about us is different!
So the questions are:
- What happens when you get to know people without Christ? Do you have more of an influence on them than they have on you?
- What happens in your relationships with fellow Christians?
- Are we afraid to be different?
By God's grace we don't need to become salt and light; we already are. But we are called to be what he has already called us to be. We are called to shine into the world with good works so that people see us and give glory to our heavenly Father. And there's nothing greater than the joy of people giving glory to him.