Morning guys 🙂 I just wanted to share a verse that I’m sure a lot of us are familiar with, Matthew 5:13-16:
““You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its taste, it cannot be made salty again. Salt is useless if it loses its salty taste. It will be thrown out where people will just walk on it. “You are the light that shines for the world to see. You are like a city built on a hill that cannot be hidden. People don’t hide a lamp under a bowl. They put it on a lampstand. Then the light shines for everyone in the house. In the same way, you should be a light for other people. Live so that they will see the good things you do and praise your Father in heaven.”
This verse speaks life and it’s something my dad always says to me as a reminder. “You are the salt and light, remember that”. Now someone who isn’t familiar with the verse would probably think it’s such a weird thing to say. I think it’s an honour when I’m being told to be the salt and light. I feel as if I’m an advocate for Jesus and it feels amazing. However the part some of us lack in is the action. Yes we may say we are this and that, but are we showing it?
An example I have was last year, I met a girl who I became friends with. She followed me on Instagram and looked at me and said “Berlin you’re quite spiritual aren’t you? I never would’ve guessed”. She’d said this because my bio had a bible verse on it, but she obviously hadn’t seen it in my actions. I told her I was and she said that’s really nice. However deep down I was so ashamed.. Like man am I one of thoooose ones that profess their love for Jesus on social media, but not by the actions of my everyday living? I was humiliated in myself! I was thinking of what it was I’d done for her to think I wasn’t ‘spiritual’, like had I done anything wrong? The answer was not that I’d done anything, it was that I’d done nothing. I was just living, I wasn’t shining the light of Jesus. When reality hit me I realised that I wasn’t really an advocate. I would just express myself at church and other places but I needed to apply it everywhere I went and in everything I did. From there I decided I needed to step up my game… I’ve tried and I’ve failed miserably at times, but God always pulled me back up. Always giving me opportunities to shine His light. And I want to share one of the successes I’ve had…
Just a couple of months ago I met someone who’s life story reminded me of my own, if not a lot harsher. I shared with her my struggles and how God helped me. I feel as if sharing my story helped and encouraged her. Reminding her the best is yet to come and if it’s not ok right now, then God hasn’t finished moving. The thing that got me, and made me ‘yessssss’ in my head was something very small. Something that others might find insignificant but made me think ‘see God, I knew I could do it, yasss TYJ’ (we have very casual conversations and I love it) lol. Anyways, this girl I was chatting with swore, she then quickly apologised for swearing. That right there was enough for me to think I was actually shining some sort of light. Look, I don’t mind if you’re having a convo and throwing out all the swear words in the world (I have good friends who do this). But this girl noticed that I wasn’t speaking in that same way she was, and apologised. Not that she needed to, but that in itself was a massive milestone for me. She showed so much gratitude and I’m like yup that’s all you Jesus, thank youuuu!
I know I’m not perfect, I’m far from it. There have been times where I seem like some random off the street with no beliefs. And there are other times where I know who my Father is and I will show people how his children act (I try and press for this in my everyday life). I fall short, I’m human. But my God never falls short and He isn’t human. What use are we if we are just living and not shining the love of Jesus. Some people might not even know who he is and are looking at your lifestyle thinking, ‘don’t preach to me, you hypocrite’. Your words and your actions need to go hand in hand. The way someone sees you might hinder their decision on whether or not to follow Jesus or even get to know him. So learn from my mistakes guys, don’t be someone who loves Jesus only on the gram (aw shaaaame lol). Be the person who lives it and breathes it.
Have a blessed day!
Love from across the Tasman (Melbourne).