Sundays are generally busy for me, but yesterday’s was particularly so with the dying of my truck half-way to church. I have some pretty awesome friends and through a series of efforts, it’s now parked in my garage. And God has reminded me just how many muscles He put into my chest and arms. *grin* It’s a good hurt, but I’m still moving slower than I had expected this morning. Morning prayer was once again here. I’m going to have to adjust my schedule so I’m up a bit earlier and out the door by 7:10.
So, tons of thoughts on sermons yesterday. First, HT, where the Gospel included Matthew 5:13-16 (which has me slightly confused, ’cause I thought we were in John this year). However, Pastor King’s sermon reminded us that we are to be like salt – meaning to provide flavor, to preserve, and to protect the followers of Christ; we are to reflect the light of Christ, shining as a beacon to others that they too may not just be welcomed and warmed in reflected light, but to bask in the light of Christ and reflect it for others; and we are to be the City on the Hill – a place where people can look and aim their feet to reach, that we all attain the City on the Hill that is Christ.
I’m reminded of “This Little Light of Mine” – the song that if you start singing among a group of singers, you will have a full harmony gospel song on your hands in no time. 🙂 This works with any group of singers, ’cause harmonies are so easy to come up with for it, it lends itself to the counter-melodies and makes everyone’s heart a little lighter. It’s a great way to break the ice when you’re with a new group (I know Tom Price used it with the 400 strong Baha’i World Choir – who had 4 days to prepare for the international Baha’i World Conference in 1992 – and they came from all over the world – it’s a great way to find those interested and able to be soloists, who’s got strong harmonies and where your leaders are). But what’s always interesting with this song is being reminded ahead of time – what the song means. And then let your voice be one of the lights that shines in the reflected glory of God. The harmonies that can be created are utter joy to the ear.
But going back to salt, I figure this can actually be linked with capacity fairly well. If we are to flavor life, to make it attractive to others, we need to realize that not everyone is attracted to the same flavors – some enjoy spice, others sweet; some are as we would describe “salt of the earth” and others as “salty” and still others “old salt”. Each of us have personalities that attract different types of people. And for people to feel comfortable, they have to know that their particular personality or flavor or salt will be welcome among the family of God – if only appreciated by a few. 🙂
So since I’m sharing portions of this blog today with the HT website, what are your favorite ways of being that City on the Hill? How do you flavor your interactions with others? What ways do you use to reflect God’s light in your own life to attract others to journey to God?