Our soul winning verse from the Word of God today is Matthew 5:16 which reads: “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.”
Our soul winning quote today is from John MacArthur: “What is God’s plan to deal with this darkened, decaying world? His plan is us! It’s us. There is no one else. It isn’t going to be given to anyone else. It doesn’t belong to famous evangelists. They’ll never touch the people you touch. It doesn’t belong to great preachers, or people on the radio or television, or people who write books. It belongs to all of us. This is God’s divine plan.”
Our soul winning devotional today is part 4 of our series titled “What Evangelism Is” from Dave Earley and David Wheeler from their fine book titled “Evangelism Is…: How to Share Jesus with Passion and Confidence”.
Evangelism is Shaking and Shining
Jesus chose to use the word pictures of salt and light partly because they were absolutely necessary in every home of His day. No family tried to do without them.
Then as now, salt preserved and flavored. In a world without refrigeration, salt was an absolute necessity. Meat of any type — fish, poultry, or beef — quickly rotted in the Mediterranean heat. The only way to preserve it was salt.
Yet salt had another benefit in that it not only preserved meat but also seasoned all types of food. I have been to Israel, and in 2,000 years the food has not changed all that much. They have some fairly bland meat and vegetable dishes. Thank God for salt to season it.
Light has a single, striking, powerful ability. Light alone has the power to dispel darkness. In fact darkness by definition is the absence of light. Because it dispels darkness, light has the resulting benefits of giving direction and lifting spirits. It dispels fear and creates a climate for fellowship. Life is sad and miserable when there is no light.
I suppose that it was possible to get by without salt and light, but who would want to? Just as salt and light were necessary then for improving the physical quality of life in the first century, salt and light are also necessary now for improving the spiritual quality of life today. This world is rotten without the salty nature of the people of God. It is tasteless without the seasoning of Christianity. It is a dark and depressing place without the light of God’s truth. It thirsts for everything other than God if we are not causing it to thirst for God.