Salt in the Spoiling Places | Living on Mission
“You are the salt of the earth, but 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. You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden." — Matthew 5:13-14
"Jesus calls his disciples to exert a double influence on the society - a negative influence by arresting its decay and a positive influence by bringing light into its darkness. For it is one thing to stop the spread of evil; it is another to promote the spread of truth, beauty and goodness." — John R. W. Stott
In the days before household refrigeration salt was used as a preservative to slow decay. In much the same way we are called, as salt of the earth, to offer a preserving influence on the spiritual decay in the prevailing culture. We are called into what Tim Keller calls the "spoiling places" to interact with the world in a way consistent with Gospel living; through a Christian worldview. Living this way we can help to stave off societal deterioration morally, socially, and culturally; influencing for the good unbelievers around us; leading some to repent and glorify God (1 Peter 2:12).
Living intentionally—missionally may seem daunting. Often we interpret "missional" and "evangelical" as scary door to door sharing with strangers but it is more than that. It is living as "missionaries" the minute we open our front door. It happens next door or across the street; it happens in the checkout lane, at children's functions, on campus, and at work. It is there in the ordinary everyday as we live life with gospel focus and a different kind of love...together.
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