Salt and Light
Praise the Lord to all of the saints and friends of O.A.A. Here we are in the middle of summer. The young people are returning to school and activities are ramping up toward the later half of the year.
It’s also a good time to demonstrate our concern for the important issues in the lives of the community that surrounds us. As the young people are returning to school, our First Lady is leading an effort of O.A.A. members to collect and distribute back packs and school supplies to students. It’s just another way to convey to our community that we want to help in making a difference. We are concerned about more than whether or not these folks come to church. We are seeking to forge a relationship between them and Christ. Often the church has been accused of being “so Heavenly minded that they are of no earthly good.” But our Lord said, “But whoso hath this world's good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him? My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth” 1 John 3:17,18. When we see a need, the love of Jesus Christ demands that reach out to help.
Jesus said to his disciples (and to us by extension), “Ye are the salt of the earth: … Ye are the light of the world” Matthew 5:13,14. His analogy of salt to his followers was to teach them that like salt they were to act like a preservative to the world around them. If they didn’t make a difference they were like salt that had lost its ‘saltiness,’ good only to be walked on and to be ground into the earth. Sounds serious, doesn’t it? Our God takes it seriously and so should we.
Then Jesus added that we are “the light of the world.” Now ordinarily one might think that salt and light have nothing in common, but our Lord unites them here for a definite purpose. While the salt preserves and speaks to being concerned for the natural needs of our community, light speaks to the higher objective, concern for the soul. Like light, the household of faith is to act like a beacon, a light drawing souls to safety. Salt stabilizes while light leads to salvation and life.
As we actively show God’s love through our actions, we should look to guide our neighbors into the waiting arms of Jesus. So something as simple as back packs and school supplies can represent the actions of a loving and caring God, working through a loving and caring people.
Bishop Gregory Wells
Founding Pastor, O’Fallon Apostolic Assembly