Salt and light in the world

After my wife came back from BreakForth in Edmonton, AB, I noticed in her a renewed passion for God and spiritual things of the Lord. It made me reflect and ask: “How much of what we learn in the classroom is really useful in the real world?” What I am learning in seminary does seem far away from the average layperson in the church. Sure, academic learning is useful for the mind; it does builds understanding. But in the real world of congregational ministry, is the theory/theology I learn going to really impact the average layperson? Perhaps to a certain extent pure knowledge may help them but to genuinely influence a person, one ought to have some spiritual depth within. An empty vessel is just an empty vessel. An empty vessel has nothing to offer others. It is only out that which comes from the abundance of one’s spiritual depth that will impact a person. People don’t care about how much we know. They care about how much we love and care about them.

As we ask God to fill us with more of the Holy Spirit and become more like Christ, and shape us more into his image, we will be more useful in the service of God. The Spirit calls each of us to be in a closer relationship with the Lord. As we connect with others, others will sense a spiritual depth within us and will cause them to become more hungry and thirsty for the presence of God. When our own spiritual “cup” is full, God’s presence will overflow out of its abundance. In this way, we may be the salt and light in this world. God calls the church to be in mission for others. The purpose and mission of the church can be empowered as each of us become like salt and light.

3 thoughts on “Salt and light in the world

  1. Thanks. I don’t mean that theology doesn’t matter. I know it will definitely be useful in parish ministry. Your confidence in how the theology of communion of saints is inspiring and helpful in pastoral care situations. This is something we can use to encourage others in the faith to look forward to the day when they will see their loved ones again. It can be very comforting. An understanding of this symbolic connection with the saints is also encouraging for those who are facing tough times now and who see life as hopeless. The fathers of the faith can be a great resource of spiritual encouragement.


  2. aHey Kevin. I’m finding the stuff from sem does matter. The theology of particular pieces matters. Understanding the communion of saints as spanning time and space has a deep meaning for people who have lost ones, for example. Having been steeped in this theology, and having heard the stories about the half-circle communion rails that symbolically connect with the saints who have died before us, I can, as you put it, care. Not that it’s my own care, but even a care inspired by the Holy Spirit uses the knowledge and experience that a person has – little child or experienced pastor. I’ve found the stories and theology to be a real blessing. Jim


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