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Do You Display Kingdom Character?

“You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men. “You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. ~Matthew 5:13-15

What kind of character and personality does the Kingdom citizen have? Not taking into account personality differences, every Kingdom citizen must stand out as being sincere in living what they believe, whose good works point people to their Father, the King, and whose character/ personality draws people to Christ. In Matthew 5, Jesus uses two elements to describe the general role of Kingdom citizens: salt and light. First, Kingdom citizens should realize that they are change agents: salt brings flavor to that which was bland and preserves something from rotting, and light illumines darkness.

Salt awakens flavor, but it also preserves; and it is something which causes men to thirst for living water. According to God, everything is dark until light appears. Light speaks of illumination, revelation, truth, transparency, knowledge, purity, and is the source of life. John R. W. Stott observes, “The basic truth which lies behind these metaphors and is common to them both is that the church and the world are distinct communities… The world is evidently a dark place, with little or no light of its own… The world also manifests a constant tendency to deteriorate.”[1] So a Kingdom citizen should bring understanding by shining light on the darkness in people’s lives.

Where should Kingdom citizens be salt and light? In our places of influence: jobs, professional and social organizations, frequent places we visit, etc. People on your jobs should want to know how you perform so well and how you maintain your composure under stress and loss. By doing the opposite of what a person who does not know God does, men see our good works and glorify our God in heaven. Salt can lose its saltiness; light can give way to darkness. Similarly, Christians can lose their influence and purpose in the world. And yet, they and only they can make a transforming difference in the world. As salt is of value only when it is used and light only when it shines, so Christians are of value only as they serve their purpose in the world. Failure to do so renders them irrelevant. A Christ-like life blesses us, expresses itself in redemptive service to others, and glorifies God.

 

[1] Improving Your Serve Charles Swindoll Nashville: Thomas Nelson Inc, September 1, 2004

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