“The one who has Christ has everything. The one who has everything except for Christ really has nothing. And the one who has Christ plus everything else does not have any more than the one who has Christ alone.” -Augustine
13 “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled by men. 14 “You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.” – Matthew 5:13-16
“We should not ask ‘What is wrong with the world?’ for that diagnosis has already been given. Rather we should ask, ‘What has happened to the salt and the light?'”
Are you both salt and light to the world?
I think that too often we think of humanity as one giant collective, and we figure we can’t change anything because the vast majority has not changed at all because of us. But I also think that the cure for this is to stop thinking of humanity as a collective entity, and to begin thinking of humans as individuals. What can we do to help the individual? What can we do to show our immediate family and neighbors the Light of the World? Are we showing them that Christ is our everything, or are we acting as if Christ is just one more thing on life’s check-list?
Jesus never said, “Go and love humanity.” He told us to love our neighbors. He told us to love the people who are directly within our sphere of influence. How often do we talk about spreading the message of Christ to the world, but we’re too afraid to even talk to our neighbors or family? (And I am also guilty of this. I believe all of us are, at some time or another.)
We don’t need to change the whole world at once. In fact, it’s not even us who change the world, but Christ working through us to change one person’s world. Just one at a time. We change no one. Christ changes people. If we think that we’re the ones who change people, then we will just become frustrated when we don’t see anything happening no matter how hard we try.
It’s not us, but Christ through us.