Salt & Light

salt shakerflashlightI do like things that are a bit salty. For example, I love Sunflower seeds, mixed nuts and chips only if they have salt. Food without salt can be very bland. Oh, and I love vinegar & salt potato chips too. The salt that I have on the table is made up mostly of sodium chloride. It is a natural compound made up from other salts. (Source: Wikipedia) I discovered “Sea Salt” a few years ago and I like it too! It is a bit more course, but it still works like salt.

I also appreciate light. A few weeks ago, when our power went out, one of the first things on my mind was how to get lighting so that I could find the heat, food and other necessities. Light is important in just about everything I do. My computer screen is back lit, my reading lamp is critical. I see small blue lights on my coffee maker, TV, phone charger, etc.… Light is an amazing part of my life.

Jesus called His followers salt & light. These are two things that He was called as well. Check this out…

13 “You are the salt of the earth. But what good is salt if it has lost its flavor? Can you make it salty again? It will be thrown out and trampled underfoot as worthless.

14 “You are the light of the world—like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden.15 No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father. (Matthew 5:13-16 NLT)

Salt & Light generally draw attention to whatever they are enhancing. They are hardly noticeable until they are absent.

Salt brings out the flavor in the food it touches.

Salt also serves as a preservative.

Light reveals things hidden in darkness.

Light is silent, but powerful nonetheless.

I can see how the Lord wanted His followers to live and make a difference in our world. He wanted us to bring out the “flavor” of God’s Creation. He wanted us to preserve the fact that we were created to serve our Creator.  He wanted us to be light to push out and eradicate the darkness that seeks to envelop every area of our life. He didn’t call us to be loud with words, but strong with action. I’ve always heard that “talk is cheap”, but it’s hard to argue with a changed life. I should be different since surrendering to the Lord those many years ago in 3rd grade. I also surrender again today and every day, because it’s a journey. I’m honored to be called salt & light to bring attention to Jesus, the Salt of the Earth & the Light of the World!

Pressing On!

Dwayne

Light Leads To Life

Hand drawing light bulbI am not generally afraid of the dark. I will say that I’m not a fan of the dark. When I say dark, I don’t usually think of “pitch black darkness”. There are usually lights on the refrigerator, microwave, modem, etc.… that add a little light to the room. A week or so ago, the power went off in the middle of the night and that is dark – no light from appliances or the security light in the back yard. I’m thankful that iPhone has a flashlight feature! True darkness is the absence of any light. I’ve not experienced that a bunch in my life for sure.

I came across a passage that Jesus spoke to the people and He clearly says He is the LIGHT of the world. Check this out…

12 Jesus spoke to the people once more and said, “I am the light of the world. If you follow me, you won’t have to walk in darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life.” (John 8:12 NLT)

Light is a unique force. I decided to look up “characteristics of light” and it speaks of how critical light can be to the photographer. I don’t know a lot of details about that. Some characteristics about light that I thought about:

Light is silent

Light gets attention

Light chases darkness out

Light gives direction

Light reveals

Jesus calls His followers the Light of the World too. He wants us to illuminate the world we live in with truth, honor, goodness, and importantly, LOVE. I feel like His Word has illuminated my way and I’m responsible for illuminating the way for others. I want to follow The LIGHT OF THE WORLD – Jesus and let Him shine inside of me. I want Him to show me the way. I want to follow Him and show others the way.

Pressing On!

Dwayne

Lights On

 

Vehicle Driving in Heavy RainWhen it rains and I’m driving, I’m supposed to keep my lights on. This is really more for others to see me than for me to see where I’m going. When it rains the visibility changes and light help illuminate all the cars that are on the road that I have to contend with.

Light is one of the most amazing creations. The Lord created the sun to light the day and the moon to light the night. A guy named Thomas Edison invented the first light bulb. Now lights come in many different forms…incandescent, fluorescent and recently more popular LED lighting.

The Lord gave Moses and the Israelites instructions regarding keeping the lights on at the Tabernacle. He wanted continually light near the most Holy Place as well as the courtyard and entrance. Check this out…

1 The Lord said to Moses, 2 ‘Command the Israelites to bring you clear oil of pressed olives for the light so that the lamps may be kept burning continually. 3 Outside the curtain that shields the ark of the covenant law in the tent of meeting, Aaron is to tend the lamps before the Lord from evening till morning, continually. This is to be a lasting ordinance for the generations to come. 4 The lamps on the pure gold lampstand before the Lord must be tended continually. (Leviticus 24:1-4 NIV)

Light is silent – it just shines. (The fixtures that deliver light can sometimes noisy, but the light itself is silent.) Light pushes out and exposes darkness. While the darkness hides things, light illuminates for all to see. When my children were small we had nightlights all around the house. There are now lights on routers, refrigerators and other electronics that burn continuously and serve a double purpose as a night-light.

I believe that the Lord loves light. I believe that light is positive and hopeful while darkness is somewhat negative and can be devastating. I like the early morning light as the day wakes up. The daylight reveals what was unseen in the dark of night. I also believe that things done in darkness will be revealed in the light. Lightening is critical to a photographer as the item being photographed looks totally different when illuminated differently.

I wonder what my heart reveals when it is illuminated. I need to use the Word of God from several different angles to investigate my heart. I need to keep the Word as light as “lamp for my feet and a light for my path” (Psalm 119:105 NIV). I need to cultivate the continuous presence of the Light of The World in my life.

Pressing On!

Dwayne