Weekly Teachings by Erik Momsen
Servants of Salt and Light
by Erik Momsen
Why is service so poor in this country? Because nobody want to be a slave. We have a history of forced slavery and God's way is voluntary slavery. Jesus "made himself nothing taking the nature of a slave." (Philippians 2:7).
I want to paint a picture in very broad strokes. It is called a vision and a vision is something that one sees as in the distance and moves toward it. It is a vision that changes people and society. It is a vision of serving.
In about 1995 we gathered in the old church and thought and prayed about what this church was about. One overwhelming desire was to serve the wider Bluewater Bay community. That vision was just so right and is at the heart of the church's function. It is also the call on every believer.
"We serve and make things better!!!"
Some might be asking; "Are we now going to leave our focus on prayer and start doing?" Remember the vision we are painting is one of the servant hearing the master's commands and then going out to do his will.
We are still listening and writing down the task. We are hearing the Lord and writing down the vision. Later we will run but in some cases we have started to walk very slowly.
WHAT IS OUR MOTIVATING VISION?
Where one to go business of various kinds and ask, "What is your reason for staying open?", one would receive answers like: "To make a profit, to provide employment, to make the best product possible, to beat to opposition ..." How many would say "To serve the South African public in the best way possible. We want to make people happy and help them" ?
The same question could be asked of you personally. Why are you doing the things you do? Are you doing your job just for the money. If you are you are probably fairly unhappy. You need to do what you are doing because you think you can make a difference. One of the major causes of hopelessness and despair in the world is because people believe that what they are doing will make no difference. You need to find things in your life that will make this world a better place.
This is the way Christians make an impact on the world. Because Jesus so loved the world and his love now lives in us we want to do things that make a difference. His Love gives us faith that with Him we have a hope to make things different. It starts with one person and the smallest act of servanthood makes a difference. Remember the greatest and simplest act of service is to kneel before the Father.
SALT & LIGHT
A powerful symbol in the Bible for making a difference is that of salt and light (Matthew 5:13-16). There is no confusion about whether the light is on or not or whether the food has salt in it or not.
The parable about salt and light is simply about making a difference. Improving the flavour and look of society. There is also the warning about losing or hiding this ability to make a difference. If is not used it will be lost. Jesus explains the parable with the phrase:
"... let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven." (v.16)
This is not the case of boasting about what we have done. Good deeds do not need to be advertised. A burning lamp does not have to carried around and described; "Look a bright burning lamp." People know it when they see it. The good deeds will be seen and bring praise to the Father. We may ask; "Why is the Father not praised and His house not full?" A large part of the answer is that his servants are not listening to him and not doing his will.
It is part of God's plan that his servants are saved by the work of Jesus and then go on to copy those acts. Remember that like Jesus we are to take up our cross. A cross is doing something difficult, painful and even life threatening for the sake of someone else. Here is another summary of what Jesus did;
"... gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own eager to do what is good." (Titus 2:14)
True servants, however few, make a difference to their environment. Their families, churches, business and counties start changing and become a blessing. Servants give hope because the Love of Jesus flows from them to others and change structures in society.
Date Added: 2000-04-07
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