This week, someone I knew personally died from an overdose. He was 19 years old when he died. Four years ago, he lived in the same house my wife and I lived. For a year and a half we struggled trying to reach this teenager for Christ. We never reached him, but I pray that someone did.
As the news of his death hit me, I began to evaluate myself. I asked myself questions like: What did he see in me? Did he see my frustrations with him? Did he see when I became angry? Did he see me losing hope? or, Did he see Jesus in me? Did he see love? I honestly do not know what he saw in me. There were times when I would become frustrated, and there were times when I felt angry towards him. I know that I loved him enough that I wanted him to come to know Christ, but did he see that!?
We are to be salt and light! Salt to a tasteless people, and light to a dark world. Are we as Christians being a tasteful light? Are we doing our part to let people know there’s a better way to find satisfaction? I will never again be able to speak to this young man and reach him for Christ. My opportunity for sharing Christ with him has come and gone (though I did share Christ with him on several occasions). There is an urgency in sharing the love of Christ with people! No one is guaranteed tomorrow. Will you be a tasteful light and share the love of Christ with people?
13 “You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt has become tasteless, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled under foot by men.
14 “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden; 15 nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house.