The color and the savor. (guest post by Näna)

21 June 2011

Your walking down the street on a crisp autumn afternoon. The nip in the air, the click of your heels on the sidewalk, and the sense of purpose as you head toward your favorite coffee shop gives you that "on top of the world" feeling. After you place your order you fold you hands and look around. Scanning the small dining area it's the same as always. But something is different. The tables are the same. The decorations haven't changed and the music playing softly in the background is the same as always. What then is the difference? Simply, the difference between this week and last is just one thing: People. No people have always been there but today, for the first time in your year of loyalty to this cafe the people become more than just part of your surroundings. You start to see their faces and wonder about them. What are their stories? What pain lies behind their smiles? As you walk away you away sobered. It's the same path you have taken hundreds of times but now it is more. You notice the old man on the bench. The girl at the bus stop. The lady watering her window box. You soak this all in and realize that these are more than faces. They are lives. They are treasures. They are what Jesus gave His life on the cross for 2,000 years ago.
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Being the light of the world and the salt of the earth is more than just living a godly life. Certainly this is important but before too long of just living our own good life we become nothing more than a person on a self-made platform. No being the light and salt, the color and the savor, means getting involved in these lives. Sacrificing our times, will, plans and yes even our own life to reach out to them with the love of Christ. Several chapters before the famous I Corinthians thirteen are dedicated to explaining spiritual gifts. What they are, their proper use, etc. But then Paul stops and in 12:13 says,"but I show you a more excellent way". He then launches into chapter twelve and the next thirteen verses are completely give to one topic: Charity. He even goes as far as to state it's superiority over tongues, prophecy and knowledge. These are all (what we would call) "amazing" things. The "more excellent way", however, is charity. Charity is not love (even though many versions of the Bible have falsely exchanged the word "charity" with "love"). Charity is, in fact, the act of love. The two most important commandments are these: "Love the Lord your God with all your heart, mind, soul, and strength" and "love your neighbor as yourself". We can love the people around us but until we start demonstrating that love (or practicing charity) we will not shed one ray of light in to this dark night.
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For all those who want to change the world. For all those seeking something higher. For all those who desire to be the salt and light: Look around you. See the treasures we are fighting for. Show them love. Maybe in doing so your light of love will illuminate the One who has loved them with an everlasting love.

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  1. This is beautiful. I love how you said, "Charity is not love. Charity is, in fact, the act of love."
    -guinevere

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