Title: GIVE THEM SOMETHING TO EAT- JESUS
But Jesus said to them, “They do not need to go away. You give them something to eatMatthew 14:16
When Jesus called Believers “Light” (Matt. 5:14) and “Salt” (Matt. 5:13), what He was referring to was more than just identity discovery. Rather, it was also about influence, effect. It was more the revelation of our power than of our name or position. Light is light. Light can have many colors but it’s still light. It’s colors may affect its brightness up or down. But it doesn’t stop it from being light. But what makes “light” light is its effect, what it does. Light is called light because it shines. It gives out brightness.
The same goes for salt. Salt is salt. I realized that there may be many alternatives to making something sugary but very few or no alternative to salinize salt itself. The only thing that can, well, salinize salt is salt itself. So when salt loses its saltiness, there is nothing that can help it. And Jesus says you and I, who are having His life in is, are the lights and salt of the earth.
Light shines and gives brightness. Salt gives taste or sweetness as well as preserves and cleanses. These are perfect symbols our Lord used to show us that we have more influence than we do actually know. Most Christians don’t know this, but when we come in contact with people, there is a rub off of something between us. But, because we aren’t conscious of our light and salt influence, we can have friends who rather influence us negatively than we do them.
But you’re light. How can darkness overcome light? It is an error caused by our inability to enforce our influence of purity on the earth. Light is light and darkness CANNOT overcome it. No matter the darkness of the darkness, it can’t overpower the brightness of light, even if it’s a mere glow. Today, I want to let you know that you have more than you know you do. You see that your tongue, your ability to speak, your strength, your privileges and all you have, let God have it. Let Him break it. If you let God break it, it will become a blessing. It’s when you keep it to your own selfishness, it will only cause trouble upon trouble.
I usually ask people after I’ve known them closely for a while how much my life has affected them. If I can’t ask, sometimes, I watch to see. And if I am not satisfied with what I hear or see, that’s all, I know I haven’t been a good influence and I withdraw. I withdraw not because they are bad people but because I want to make impact in the life of anyone I come in contact with. I made this decision as a teenager that I will never leave anybody the way I met them. I must leave something with them that will make them thank God we met, even if it’s for five minutes only.
So everyday, I think of how to build my light. The Bible says to commend myself to God’s word which has the ability to build me up (Acts 20:32), so I give myself to being trained in the word of God. It says to build up faith praying in the Holy Ghost (Jude 20), so almost every opportunity I get, no matter where I am or what I’m doing, I pray in tongues, I am purity-conscious and walk in love. What am I doing? I’m getting myself, my store house, equipped to feed whoever comes my way. I’m wiring my house so that when people come, they won’t be in darkness. I’m heating it up so that those who come won’t catch cold. I’m gathering salts so that I will make life sweet for others, preserve relationships, heal wounds and not kill or make sour.
This is what we do in this Kingdom. We feed people with what we have. I want you to step out today with the consciousness to never leave any person worse or the same way you met them. May they think of you and call you an angel. O yes, may they see you and confess that light/good is still in the world. And may thanksgiving go up to your Father in Heaven because you’re representing Him well. In Jesus name, amen. (Matt. 5:16)
So, go out there and give them something to eat!
Glory to God!