For the last few days I have been reading the Sermon on the Mount which is found in the Gospel of Matthew in Chapters 5 to 7 in The Message which is a paraphrase of the Bible by Eugene Peterson.
In Chapter 5 there is a statement that always grabs my attention and makes me stop and think. “Let me tell you why we are here”.
Isn’t that something that we ask ourselves? Why are we here? What is our purpose?
The Bible gives us the answer.
We are here to be salt.
According to scholars this has different meanings as salt has different purposes. One thing that salt does is makes us thirsty. I think we should be people who make others thirsty for God. Also as salt brings out the best flavoring in food we should affect others around us in a positive way. People should see something in us that they want to have especially during this time when people are feeling unsure about their future as we deal with this global pandemic. Hopefully people see in us a peace and a joy that can only be explained by our trust in God that He is still in control no matter if the world seems out of control.
We are here to be light.
This pandemic is also affecting people’s mental and emotional health. Many may feel like they are in a dark place and experiencing negative emotions. We have the opportunity to speak God’s truth into people’s lives and circumstances and give them hope.
We are going through something that we have never gone through before. Our lives have been turned upside down. We are being told to stay home or to stay 6 feet apart from each other when we do go out. We can look at this situation as feeling trapped or look at it as being set free.
Set free? Yes, the church is being set free.
We are being set free from the mindset that church is a building. Without a building to go to, we understand more than ever that we as Christ’s followers are the church and we are His body.
We are being set free from the attitude that church is just a Sunday morning experience. We are realizing how much we need each other and that a couple of hours a week is not enough.
We are being set free from doing things the way we have always done them. We are being compelled to do things differently and because of that we are reaching even more people.
We are being set free to be the people that God has called us to be. Salt and light. We have been chosen for such a time as this.
“Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord rises upon you. See, darkness covers the earth and thick darkness is over the peoples, but the Lord rises upon you and his glory appears over you”. (Isaiah 60:1-2)