Revealing Who You Are

Sermon summary for February 9, 2020 (worship cancelled due to snow)

Feb 9 – Revealing Who You Are

Read Matthew 6:13-16      

We are to be what God created us to be – salt and light.  What does it mean to be salt and light?  What does Jesus mean when he warns us not to lose our saltiness or hide our light?

Jesus says “You ARE the salt of the earth.”  “You ARE the light of the world.”  This is not something you strive to be, or become – but this is who you are. You are salt; you are light.   Jesus wants us to reveal who we are and not hide who we are. 

This is not an impossible task.  Even a little salt can enhance food.  In the winter, salt can melt snow.  As salt, whose life can you enhance, make better?  As salt, where can you help thaw the bitter cold of division and injustice?  Even a small flame of a candle can light a room.  It is even possible to see the light of a candle over a mile away.  Where can you shine with the love of God?  Whose life will you brighten today?

 In baptism, you are blessed and called to bless others.  You are called “child of God.”  You are part of the body of Christ.  You shine with the light of Christ.  How do you reveal who you are?   Salt and light are very common ordinary things but incredibly useful and small amounts make a big difference.   You do make a big difference in the life of others whenever you express the love of God.

Read Isaiah 58:1-12 (from The Message version, if you have access to it)

God tells Isaiah to communicate to the people that their words and actions do not truly reveal who God created and calls them to be.  The people are busy at worship and love to study about God, and yet they question whether God is on their side.  They complain that they are humble and fast but God does not notice.  But the truth is that God notices that the people bicker and fight, drive employees too hard, blame victims, gossip about other people’s sins (Isaiah 58:3-4, 9).  According to Isaiah 58:6-7, the kind of “fast” God seeks is to “break the chains of injustice, get rid of exploitation in the workplace, free the oppressed, cancel debts,” “share food with the hungry, invite the homeless into your homes, put clothes on the shivering ill-clad, be available to your own families.”  This is how to make your life glow.

You are salt and light.  You enhance life.  You are a beloved child of God, blessed by God.  Hear the great promise from God for our lives here and now from Isaiah 58:11-12 (The Message) God says:

“I will always show you where to go.  I’ll give you a full life in the emptiest places – firm muscles, strong bones.  You will be like a well-watered garden, a gurgling spring that never runs dry.  You’ll use the rubble of past lives to build anew, rebuild the foundations from out of your past.  You’ll be known as those who can fix anything, restore old ruins, rebuild and renovate, make the community livable again.”

Go.  Christ is with you.  Go be salty, shining people! 

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