Pastor Dave Sarsons
November 20, 2017
SERMON: November 19th, 2017 “You ARE the Salt and the Light”
Pastor Dave started off his sermon with the following story:
“As a child, Robert Louis Stevenson was in very poor health. One night, when he was quite sick, his nurse found him with his nose pressed against the frosty pane of his bedroom window. “Child, come away from there or you’ ll catch your death of cold, ” she fussed, but young Robert would not budge. He was mesmerized as he watched an old lamplighter slowly work his way through the black night lighting each street lamp along his route. “See, look there”, Robert pointed. “There’s a man poking a hole in the darkness.”
We are to be poking holes in the darkness. God is the Light – on the first day God said “let there be light” before the fourth day when He created the sun, moon and stars. Jesus is the Light of the world shining on the good, bad and ugly of the world because when light shines everything can be seen. This world hasn’t changed, the enemy of the world hasn’t changed and he is still using the same tactics he did in the garden appealing to the desires of the flesh, eyes and pride (1 John 2:16). As John Stott has said, ““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 salt and light?” If we believe that Jesus is who He says He is, then we have no choice – Jesus said “You ARE the salt of the earth and you ARE the light of the world”. We need to be “intentionally interested” in each other – “people don’t care how much we know, until they know how much we care”. This is illustrated by the following story:
“President Woodrow Wilson shared this story.
He said, “I was sitting in a barber chair when I became aware that a personality had entered the room. A man had come quietly in upon the same errand as myself, to have his hair cut, and sat in the chair next to me. Every word the man uttered, though it was not didactic (intended to teach, particularly in having moral instruction as an ulterior motive) showed a personal interest in the man who was cutting his hair. Yet before I was through, I was aware that I had attended an evangelistic service, because Mr. D.L. Moody was in that chair. I purposely lingered in the room after he had left and noted the singular effect that his visit had brought upon the barber shop. They talked in undertones. They didn’t know his name, but they knew that something had elevated their thoughts. And I felt that I left that place as I should have left the place of worship. My admiration…and esteem for Mr. Moody…became very deep indeed.”