Rise Up

Sermon Summary for Sunday, February 5th, 2017 | Respectfully Submitted by Kelley Dial

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Rise Up.

Last week we looked at the beginning of the Sermon on the Mount and heard the familiar beatitudes, reminders of our blessedness.  This week we looked at the next part of Jesus' beautiful and beloved sermon, as He explained that we are both the salt of the earth and the light of the world.  

For a full understanding, we must refer to the beatitudes when we look at this week's reading.  Because we are all blessed, we are all, collectively, the salt of the earth and the light of the world.  God calls us, as his blessed people, to rise up and use our blessings and our blessedness to help those in need.  

It is a little daunting that the gospel also tells us that our righteousness must exceed that of the Scribes and Pharisees.  We can follow all the rules and not get to the gate of heaven.  We must put our gifts into action, we must be active, not passive, in our faith and our works.  

In our world that values material rewards more than all other, it does take a real leap of faith and courage to transform out faith into works.  Sometimes salt stings and light exposes what was dark and hidden.  Recently the police chief in Lagrange apologized for his Department's part in a lynching that occurred 77 years prior.  While no one currently in the police department had an individual culpability, he felt it necessary to acknowledge the institutions failure to protect Austin Calloway from an angry mob. In respone, one of Mr. Calloways' relatives asked for forgiveness for those who did participate in that awful event so many years ago.  Healing springs quickly even when the "salt" of the moment stings.

We all have different gifts, thank God.  We delight in those differences.  While we are collectively the salt and the light, we must also personally discern how we use our gifts in the world, to heal the world.  

Rise up and do good works.