Salt is good for days like today.
Its unique properties interact to melt snow and ice. In a different way salt seasons the food we eat. We hear about this in this week's Gospel.
Jesus said to his disciples: "You are the salt of the earth. But if salt loses its taste, with what can it be seasoned? It is no longer good for anything but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot. You are the light of the world. A city set on a mountain cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and then put it under a bushel basket; it is set on a lampstand, where it gives light to all in the house. Just so, your light must shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your heavenly Father." Matthew 5:13-16
Jesus uses two separate metaphors here to demonstrate how His followers are to live. Salt and light each in their own unique ways impact their surroundings. By using two separate metaphors Jesus provides us with varied ways to understand our role in the world. The challenge that we face is knowing exactly how we individually are supposed to be salt and light.
In his recently published book, More: Find Your Personal Calling and Live Life to the Fullest Measure, Todd Wilson provides a systematic way to understand how we can be "salt and light." Wilson breaks the process down into two categories. One, our primary calling which all Christians have, and a secondary calling which is unique to each individual believer. Here is a brief description from the website along with a graphic that depicts the BE - DO - GO model.
"More starts with who we are, and that we are uniquely created with a unique identity and design. Who are we created to BE? This identity is one we actively discover and participate in activating. Our BE or identity overflows into and shapes our mission. What are we made to DO? Finally, our DO requires a context, or a position where it is lived out. Where are we to GO?"
The reality is that there are as many ways to BE, DO and GO as there are people. If we truly believe that God is in control, we must seek out His will for our life. Wilson walks us through the process. I highly recommend the book to those who are interested in following Jesus' command to BE, DO and GO out into the world as salt and light. Jesus expects each of us us to do so... "that they may see your good deeds and glorify your heavenly Father."
Here is the link to the website that provides some great insight into Todd Wilson's book and ministry. www.personalcalling.org