Leave Them Better Than When You Found Them - Reflections
October 25, 2018 | Didi Bacon
Jesus described how His followers are to live, with these words:
"You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt has become tasteless, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled under foot by men. You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden; nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.” Matthew 5:13-16 (NASB)
In a recent book Phil Cooke and Jonathan Bock ask significant questions:
“Why did the Early Church succeed where we are failing? How did they transform the Western world in such a relatively short time? The answer is that they did it because they did things that baffled the Romans. The Early Church didn't picket, they didn't boycott, and they didn't gripe about what was going on in their culture. They just did things that astonished the Romans. They took in their abandoned babies. They helped their sick and wounded. They restored dignity to the slaves. They were willing to die for what they believed. Without confrontation, protest, or debate, love did its work.”
Being salt and light in the world happens one person at a time. It is going small. It is going strong. Love God and love your neighbor strong. It is going slow. I read that Dallas Willard once said that hurry is the great enemy of the spiritual life. God works with us and through us at a gentle pace. He will not hurry his work. If we are going to be salt and light in our world, then we must commit to this way of Jesus.
“Let no one ever come to you without feeling better or happier. Be the living expression of God’s kindness; kindness in your face, kindness in your eyes, kindness in your smile.” Mother Teresa.