Role of the Church Today

Salt of the World: A Blessings for Every Nation, Tribe, and People

DAILY DEVOTIONS

Rev. Aftab Yunis Hakim

10/6/2023

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Salt of the World: A Blessings for Every Nation, Tribe, and People

Role of the Church Today

Salt of the World: A Blessings for Every Nation, Tribe, and People

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. (Matthew 5:13)

Have you ever wondered about the important role 'being salt of the earth' God has given to the Church today? It means that as salt makes the food tasty although it is small in quantity we have the same work to show our flavor to this world. How can one demonstrate this beauty God has given the Church today? To be the salt of the world entirely depends upon giving our flavor to this world, based on the beatitudes we learned in the past weeks.

One of the finest works of salt is to give taste as depicted in today's reference today. If we have lost our taste, how can we play our role in this world? Similarly, it does not matter how many of us are in this world. Our roles being the salt of the world are related to the roles God has given us through Jesus Christ in this world. We have taken this beauty from the beauty of Christ. It means this beauty does not belong to us it belongs to Christ. However, how it begins is the real question. 

It begins with listening to the Word of God (emptying ourselves). Repenting to get comfort from our sins and having firm faith in Christ. The Word of God through repentance and faith in Jesus Christ makes us meek to glorify Jesus through our lives (blessed are the meek). It enhances our spiritual hunger and thirst to have the mind of Christ to be like Christ. This transformation makes us able to perform the works of Christ as He was kind, we follow the patterns of Christ. We no longer become arrogant and proud but rather it transforms our personality to become meek and kind so that our light shines upon others and through our works they can praise God.

Remember, being the salt of the world entirely depends upon understanding the role God has given to us. And the roles are flavor in us through Christ. To bring people into the feet of Christ is the lateral approach. It includes working for the goodness of others. We find joy in helping others. It does include hardships, trials, and persecution to bring people to the feet of Christ. In other words, the personal transformation changes to communal transformation. This model of ours following Christ becomes the model of this world to put the people into the feet of Christ.

The early Church truly demonstrated this flavor of being the salt of the earth bringing people into the feet of Christ. The Apostles were physically, spiritually, emotionally, and intellectually helping the people. Sadly, many churches are supposed to perform this duty by physically feeding people rather than spiritually. Both go together. Our duty does not depend upon bringing people into the Church but rather it is entirely connected to showing the goodness, kindness, and mercy to people God has put in us to show them the face of Christ being the salt of the world. To put it another way, people see Christ through us in this world.

Let's pray that God 'being the salt of the world' help the Church to demonstrate this goodness, kindness, and mercy that flows out from Jesus Christ to reflect in this world. So that people of every tribe, and nation can see Jesus through us. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.

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