The Work of God in Serving our Community

September 22, 2015

All believers have a role to play in the work of God. Jesus said that we are the salt of the earth. As salt slows the decay of perishables, so we are to slow the moral and spiritual decay of our world. Jesus’ emphasis seems to be one of distinctiveness. He says, “If salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people’s feet.” How does salt lose its taste? How does salt become less salty? This only happens as it becomes contaminated, as it becomes less salt and more something else. I like what Jesus is suggesting. The call here is to be pure. Believers are to keep their lives in harmony with God’s law. Our distinctiveness, as uncomfortable as it might be, is what slows the decay of our culture. I pray that we will stand against the pull of the world and stay distinctive.

Jesus, just after he talks about his disciples being the salt of the earth, says that they are to be the light of the world. In explanation he says, “In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” The call to be salt is a challenge to live a distinctive life. Believers are to live lives shaped by the commands of God. Being salt is more about omission than commission. Think about the Ten Commandments. They are primarily about not doing wrong things. Granted there are positive commands, but they are primarily negative (don’t, don’t, don’t).

Being light is more about what believers do rather than what they don’t do. Our world and our neighbor need our good works. God, by the way, doesn’t. He doesn’t need a thing (Acts 17:25). Jesus didn’t just avoid all sin, he came to serve. We are to follow in his steps. There are always people in our lives who need to be served. Whom has the Lord placed in your life, saved or unsaved, who needs help?

The first part of Proverbs 11:10 says, “When it goes well with the righteous, the city rejoices.” This verse almost seems bizarre. How is it possible for the city to rejoice when it goes well for the righteous? Perhaps there is rejoicing because the city realizes how much good the righteous contribute to the welfare of society. This will only happen as people “see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” I pray that we will be salt and light. Certainly we want to avoid the mischief that God has called us to avoid. But this is only half the battle. May we have eyes that see and hands that serve. May the city rejoice because it goes well with us, and give glory to the Father. Let’s serve our community.

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3 Responses to “The Work of God in Serving our Community”

  1. Jim Kelly Says:

    Amen. Very well said pastor.

  2. Jim Lugg Says:

    How true these points are! Are we really “living out” what we claim to believe?


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