Matthew 5 (MSG)
Salt and Light
13 “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.
14-16 “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.
I’m writing this at the end of the work week. I’m pretty worn out actually but today was a good day. It started with a few of my girl friends from church chatting about going out for wine and chocolate. Yum. But then there was a brief diversion to talk about random things. And at one point I said how I admired Christine Caine and Beth Moore but how as great as they are one day they will be gone and who will be there to be powerful badass women of God then? Not in those words but in all seriousness I think about all the women who haven’t heard them speak about their pasts, mistakes, revelations, dreams, hopes, disappointments, all of that and they are so passionate and so talented that instead of only admiring that we need to learn to become it. So it’s not a matter of oh wow they are great and that was a good moment in history because they were alive to preach. We need to carry that light on. We need to keep it lit. And more importantly as a “light-bearer” I have my own unique “God-color” to shine. If Christine is say a Red God color and Beth is a Green…maybe it’s time for some Blue. Maybe Jess is Blue and you are pink and that girl you see in children’s church is Yellow. There is room for all of it. If God wanted one color/flavor of person He would have made only that. But He is pure white. And because He is pure white and pure light i.e. the light of the world that means that He contains all colors. What I mean is that it all reminded me how white light is actually made up of all colors:
“White light is the name given to what the human eye sees when all the colors that make up the visible light spectrum are combined; the visible light spectrum is made up of red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet light, and these colors combined make white lighting. When shined through a prism, white lights are broken into the separate colors of the visible light spectrum. Many people commonly refer to white light simply as “light” or “visible light,” and it is this light that makes it possible to view one’s surroundings. Several sources of white lights exist including the sun and stars, certain types of lightbulbs, and some lamps.” – http://www.wisegeek.com
I love that idea. We were all created to shine individually because we are all unique but ultimately we all make up different aspects of God. All those God-colors are us. And He is ultimately the collection of all of us–the sum of all our parts because we are in His image. Once you understand this you really do in fact realize that it is this light and only this light, Jesus, “that makes it possible to view one’s surroundings”. He is the answer. He is the greatest One of all. He loves us with an ever lasting love. His face shines brighter than the Sun. He is all powerful and all merciful. Always only Jesus. And if He is the greatest light–we can be sure we won’t burn out. We will be bright enough for everyone to see.