The Hands and Feet of Jesus


Matthew 5:13 – 20

“Ye are the salt of the earth: But if the salt has lost his savor, how shall it be salted? It is then good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under the foot of men. You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it gives light unto all that are in the house. Let your light shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father which is in Heaven.”

I worked with a ministry team called, “SALT on the STREET, the hands and feet of Jesus”. It is a ministry that feeds and clothes the homeless or anyone who shows up and wants to fellowship. We are a ministry that gives the Word, and are there for 52 weeks out of the year, no matter what the weather is like.

Like so many others I have talked to about being SALT, I was of the opinion that just being on my best behavior in public was enough. But the longer I work in ministry, the more I grow I'm realizing there is so much more to being salt than presenting a public face.

I don't like bland food. Most foods need some type of enhancement; a little salt, pepper, garlic, rosemary, and in my case tobasco sauce, etc. Christians have the same influence in our communities that seasonings have on food. We are to enhance, influence our surroundings; to preserve the teachings and ways of Christ Jesus.

Christ used the symbol of salt because it was a valuable commodity to preserve. We as Christians are most valuable, we are the hands and feet of Jesus wherever we go. Through our lives we speak volumns about the salt we carry. Is it savory and able to ehance, or has our salt gone flat, to the point no one can tolerate us, let alone follow?

So many people are looking for ways to handle their situations. Peace of mind seems to be a treasured commodity, and there are some folks who don't realize what it is to have peace in the midst of their storms. That's where our light (Jesus) comes in. Because He is so real, people wonder how we can stay calm, or recover so quickly, or forgive so often. When we live in His light, then our good works of thought, word and deed become glory and praise of Christ. The joy we share with others speaks of His greatness, and ability to comfort. Where's our light? Does our little light shine in our neighborhoods, and everywhere we go? Let us not put it under a bushel, where the world cannot see it.

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