Live the Story?

Live the Story?

Nashville means … my neighbor, your neighbor, my wife, my children, a friend, a stranger, students, musicians, artists, designers, engineers, retail clerks, baristas, parents and construction workers…people who skate, water ski, who do cross-stitch, who play in rock bands and who read mystery novels…those who have an intimate relationship with God, others who desire to know Him better and still others who don’t know Him at all… What does it mean to live the story in today’s diverse world?

In Jesus teachings from Matthew 5:13:

You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt should lose its taste, how can it be made salty? It’s no longer good for anything but to be thrown out and trampled on by men. You are the light of the world. A city situated on a hill cannot be hidden. No one lights a lamp and puts it under a basket, but rather on a lampstand, and it gives light for all who are in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before men, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.

The words “earth” and “world” clearly refer to the “people” of Matthew 5:16. By describing the rest of human society as lacking salt and light what is Jesus Saying?

By calling his followers to be salt and light, Jesus discloses his desire for engaging with humanity: being “in” the world but not “of” it. We are to be connected with and personally involved with all people.

Living the story of God means engaging in life with a sense of INVOLVEMENT not ISOLATION

Just as salt is useless unless it is in contact with, just as a lantern is useless unless it is in the presence of darkness. So we are useless to Jesus’ mission unless we are in regular, personal contact with a diverse group of people. This means that all attempts to isolate ourselves from the world are deeply idiotic.

Not only are we to be in the world but also followers of Jesus are to be distinct. Salt does not add flavor by becoming unsalty; light can’t illuminate darkness by covering itself.

Thus, Living the story is doing so with DISTINCTIVENESS not ACCOMODATION.

John R. W. Stott states, “When society does go bad, we Christians tend to throw up our hands in pious horror and reproach the non-Christian world; but should we not reproach ourselves? One can hardly blame unsalted meat for going bad. It cannot do anything else. The real question to ask is: where is the salt?”

See what Jesus calls this in John 17:15-19:

I am not praying that You take them out of the world but that You protect them from the evil one. They are not of the world, as I am not of the world. Sanctify them by the truth; Your word is truth. As You sent Me into the world, I also have sent them into the world. I sanctify Myself for them, so they also may be sanctified by the truth.

Here’s the best way for light to shine out of a church.

Be transformed by the gospel and work in every domain of society: being a businessman in the economic domain of our society, working in the education domain of our society, working in the political domain of our society, working in the arts.

That’s the best way for light to shine…being transformed and Living the Story in all of life.

Let your light shine!

 

about Gary

Gary Morgan lives in east Nashville where he does life with his wife Johni and his two daughters McKenna (18) and Story (14). Gary has engaged in ministry in a wide variety of settings include a student ministry coordinator with Centrifuge, a youth pastor with Churches in Franklin, Tn, Morristown, Tn. Baton Rouge, La, Windermere Fla. and is currently the Pastor of Mosaic

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