Shine and Flavor
The world is changing. People are exploring new ways to live and experience life. Values and ideals are more readily expressed and wind through our lives like never before. We no longer live in a time when we are not exposed to the beliefs, ideologies, opinions and some times hatred of others.
Social media has made it really easy to share those thoughts, suffering no consequence for how they will be received. We simply type in our thoughts, fears, anger, sadness or delusion and hit send. To me, it seems bullying, racism and persecution are at an all time high. All the while society shouts of its tolerance for all. Although I’m not sure they know how the word defines: willingness to accept feelings, habits, or beliefs that are different from your own.
As a follower of Christ I have often time found myself wanting to just hide behind my closed door. The bitterness of the world sometimes seems a little overwhelming to me and I just don’t want to participate.
And then Sunday, I was reminded of this scripture.
“Let me tell you why you are here. You’re here to be salt-seasoning that brings out the God-flavors of this earth. If you lose your saltiness, how will people taste godliness? You’ve lost your usefulness and will end up in the garbage. Here’s another way to put it: You’re here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world. God is not a secret to be kept. We’re going public with this, as public as a city on a hill. If I make you light-bearers, you don’t think I’m going to hide you under a bucket, do you? I’m putting you on a light stand. Now that I’ve put you there on a hilltop, on a light stand – shine! Keep open house; be generous with your lives. By opening up to others, you’ll prompt people to open up with God, this generous Father in heaven.” (Matthew 5:13-16 The Message)
I love how this reads. Everything bitter or dark can be influenced with seasoning and light. So, it doesn’t matter where we are, as long as we carry the Light within we influence our surroundings. Its our job to just be us – Christ Followers!
We don’t have to stand on a corner (FaceBook, Instagram, Twitter, etc) and shout. All we have to do is open ourselves up to others and that will prompt them to open up with God and see Him as He truly is…Generous!
Isn’t that the problem? They don’t really know Him so they only know what others are shouting.
Ironically, my church literally sits on top of a hill. Figuratively, our lives are to be lived out as on a hill. Why? Because we live and believe differently than the climate of our surroundings. When Jesus was teaching this, things were not much different than they are now. He wasn’t telling them to stand on the hill and shout. He was telling them to go public. Live it out. Don’t hide it. Be the shine and the flavor the world is craving.
Now, more than ever before, we need those words to shape how we live. We need to “Live out Loud” letting our colors show and our flavoring alter the bitterness around us. It’s okay to color outside the lines. It’s okay to let your light shine.