Salt and Light
Every Christian has a God-given purpose to fulfill in this world!
Matthew 5:13-16 - You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot. 14You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. 15Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.
Here Jesus clearly described the effect he wants his followers to have on the world around them. And he uses examples that we can easily understand. Just as salt and a lamp are objects to be used for a purpose – one enhancing flavor and the other providing light in a dark place – so our lives are intended for a purpose as well.
Jesus also identified two potential problems: 1) Salt can lose its flavor or become impure. 2) Light is useless if no one can see it.
The bottom line is this. Salt preserves and enhances food while maintaining its own distinctness. So Christ-followers are to season the world by their presence and yet maintain a distinction from the ways of the world (i.e. whatever is driven by spiritual blindness, cultural darkness or sinful desires). The purpose of light is obvious: light must shine! Jesus’ picture of hidden light shows the folly of Christians living in isolation from the world. So Christ-followers are to be the means by which others might see God.
Questions to Consider
Which of these two pictures, salt or light, most represents your interaction with the people in your life? In what ways are we tempted to hide our light under a bowl? What does it mean to “let it shine”?
Talking to God
Confess to God your reluctance to be salt and light in some settings. Submit yourself, consciously, to his command, despite any shortcomings and fears. Ask him for the faith and courage to do his will today.
Our greatest joy comes from loving Christ and serving his kingdom!