One of my favorite genres of literature is fantasy because I enjoy picking up a book and being taken to a world that doesn't exist. It is fun to read another person's adventure and wonder if you could ever respond so heroic in such difficult situations. My favorite fantasy author is without a doubt J.R.R. Tolkien. The world he created in the Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings just draws me in. But I also enjoy how there isn't a single hero in the books that is perfect. Each and every one has a struggle at some point or makes a critical error. Tolkien made it very clear that he did not write these books as an allegory, but there are some things in the books that reminds me of how God interacts with us. The one thing I am thinking about today is when Bilbo is first introduced to the dwarves that he is about to have as traveling and adventure companions. The dwarves needed a burglar to pull off the job they needed done, and Gandalf declared the unadventurous and respectable hobbit, Bilbo, as the burglar. When the dwarves protested, Gandalf responded that if he called Bilbo a fit companion and burglar for their trip, then that was who he is. Reading that made me pause because isn't that what God does with us? Doesn't He declare us to be something that we don't see in ourselves nor do other people? Yesterday, I began reading through the Sermon on the Mount that Jesus gave; I would like to continue today and see what Jesus declared about us. Please read Matthew 5:13-16.
Jesus called us salt and light. Those are both very powerful elements in our world. Salt is important for more than just flavoring, although it sure makes food taste good!. Salt also creates a chemical reaction that helps in baking, which is why cookies require a pinch of salt. Jesus declared His followers as the salt of the earth. God chooses to use us as the ones to make this life taste good. God chooses to use us to enhance this life for those who are without Him. Can you imagine this life without God?
Light is so important because it exposes the dark. Light illuminates and shines the way to God. Dark is the absence of light but requires light in order to exist. Without the existence of light, how could the absence of light exist? Jesus tells us that we can shine our lights to the whole world by doing the good deeds that please our Heavenly Father. When we do His work in this hurting world we are bringing glory to God. We are shining the light of our Creator. You have to admit that when you are trying to make your way through a dark room, the moment that even the tiniest light is seen, you are drawn to it. God chooses us to draw people to Him. How amazing is that!? We are God's salt and light - even if you don't see it in yourself. That is what God has declared about you.
Do you believe you are who God says you are?
This post is linked with Word Filled Wednesday.