Text: Matthew 5:12-14
12 Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
We are the modern day prophets.
We are called to do something. If we are going to do this, someone will be saved from the fall at the pit of Satan.
This is what we should be. In this world, we should not compromise.
13 “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.
- We are called to be different, in a good sense.
- We are called to preserve morality in this world.
- It is not that easy to be a salt in this world.
We want people to encounter God. The same way people persecuted the prophets as written in the Bible will be as common to us who love Jesus and pursue His vision – to win souls and make disciples.
14 “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden.
- Our light must not be hidden.
2. We can never be overcome by darkness.
We cannot live in darkness. Whoever follows Jesus shall never walk in darkness. The more we less follow Jesus, the less our light glows. It decreases. We need Jesus to lead us for He is the Light.
As Christians, our presence, our lives, should have an impact in this world especially with our friends. Through us, they will be forced to minimize their compromises for they see the light of God in us. Our life should be the best testimony of our unseen yet living Father. With our words, deeds and actions, Christ must be seen in us. Our faith should manifest.
However, we are never exempted from temptations. As humans, we still live in this sinful and weary world, yet God is faithful to help us overcome our struggles in this life.
No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it.
1 Corinthians 10:13
God loves us so that He keeps on reminding us to walk in His righteousness and follow His perfect will.