Today’s sermon by Rev. Steve Hundley
at the Madison Valley Presbyterian Church
in Ennis, Montana was inspired
by Matthew 5:13-20
If you have been a JanBeek follower, you know I usually post on Sunday afternoon the notes I take while listening to the morning’s sermon. Most of the time, I take the notes poetically – because that’s how my brain hears the message. Here is today’s:
Be the Salt and the Light
When did you first feel old?
Was it when your kids were teens?
Their language came from another world –
It was hard to figure what it means.
Teens aren’t the only ones with strange language.
Jesus had some pretty weird expressions, too.
“You are the salt of the earth,” He said.
What does that mean to you?
Salt is used to purify, to season, and to seal.
It was the seal of the covenant and it put out fires.
What did Jesus intend when He called us salt?
Did He intend us to be a spice? My soul inquires.
He said we are to be the “Light of the World.”
What does that mean? I want to know.
This is supposed to be “The Christian Century,”
But where is our light, friends? Where does it glow?
Jesus told stories about the insignificant.
He told of lost coins and mustard seeds.
He spoke of the lost and the powerless.
He commanded us to take care of their needs.
The things we do as Christians can have
A lasting affect on others’ action and thought.
They watch us, question us, sometimes imitate us –
When we’re quietly going about doing what we ought.
We ARE the salt of the earth and the world’s light.
We need to play the part and let our faith shine from above.
We can’t forget who we are – nor get cluttered with junk –
Or we’ll lose our effectiveness to spread God’s love.
So, what “junk” clutters your life, blocks your light, and dilutes your salt?
It doesn’t needs to be literal “junk” like that in this junk yard.
It might be over-emphasis in an area that takes you away from what you would like to be doing instead.
It might be worry over something that may or may not happen.
It might be possessions that we need to clear out… cuz most of us have too much “stuff.” (I know I am leaving way more “junk” than I should in my house for my kids to sort through and throw away someday.)
What is your “junk” that clutters your actions and your thinking?
Salt is Spice – – Spice Up Your Life
In my sermon notes, I wrote, “The things we do as Christians can have
A lasting affect on others’ action and thought…”
By spicing up our life, I mean our actions and thoughts might include:
- the sweetness of sugar as we reach out to help others
- the enhancement of salt as we perform random acts of kindness
- the zestiness of pepper as we sprinkle joy and laughter to those around us
- the longevity of curry as we continue to connect with long-lasting friends and family with love
- the healing power of tumeric as we exhibit compassion
Be the Light
Being the “Light of the World” is a matter of shining love in the darkness. Before the regular sermon, Pastor Steve gave a special message directed to the children today. He sat on the chancel steps, invited the kids to come sit with him, and he handed them a candle. He lit his own candle and said, I would like to light your candle, too, but I’m afraid if I did, then I wouldn’t have a light on mine.”
The kids looked at him quizzically. “Don’t you agree?” he asked them.
They shook their heads, “No.”
“Really? If I light your candle with mine, then I will still have light?”
“Yes,” they nodded as they held out their candles.
Sure enough, he lit their candles with his, and there was not less light… but more!
The message here is clear…
BE THE LIGHT.
SHARE THE LIGHT.
SPREAD THE LIGHT.
LET YOUR LIGHT SHINE!