Why am I here?
It’s an age-old question with a plethora of answers…
To get rich. To be happy. To continue the family line. To succeed. To ensure the survival of the species. To protect the planet…
As God’s people, we know that none of these worldly responses measure up. Instead, you and I must turn to the words of Jesus for our answer.
In the gospel of Matthew, Jesus uses a number of pictures to help us understand our purpose in this world…
- “You are the salt of the earth…” (Matthew 5:13)
- “You are the light of the world…” (Matthew 5:14)
- “The kingdom of heaven is like leaven…” (Matthew 13:33)
What’s the common theme in all three of these metaphors? It’s this: penetration.
- Salt has to penetrate the food to give it taste.
- Light has to penetrate the darkness to eliminate it.
- Leaven penetrates the whole batch of dough to make it rise.
Jesus’ point is clear. Our mandate as Christians is to penetrate our society – to get involved, to engage, to think, to act, to influence.
This calling works out in two ways – individually and corporately.
For you as an individual… What does living as salt, light and leaven mean in your own life? How can you find ways to live, speak and act boldly for Jesus in your various spheres of influence?
For your church congregation… What does living as salt, light and leaven mean for your church as a whole? How can your church be proactive in engaging with your local community, schools, and politicians?
Responding to these challenges will help keep you from the danger of becoming like the church in Sardis, to whom Jesus said…
“I know your deeds; you have a reputation of being alive, but you are dead. Wake up! Strengthen what remains… Remember what you have received and heard; hold it fast, and repent.” (Revelation 3:1-3, NIV)
It’s time for the American Church to wake up! And that begins with you and me as we devote ourselves to living boldly for Jesus in these godless days.
That’s why you are here!