SALT & LIGHT
Matthew 5:13-16 (NIV)
13 “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.
14 “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden.15 Neither 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. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.
Jesus spoke these words when he was teaching a Sermon on the Mount, it was one of his main teachings on morality and discipleship. The general theme written in Matthew 5 is Jesus’s expectations for his disciples. The Sermon on the Mount is the longest continuous section of Jesus himself speaking found in the New Testament. That is the reason those areas of the Bible are written in red because those written words were spoken by Jesus himself.
Disciple means “follower”, we are all called to be disciples of Christ. God has given each of us the ability to learn about the things of faith, to be disciples and he has given us instructions on how to lead others to Christ. So the same words Jesus spoke to his disciples still apply to us today.
When we break down the scripture in Matthew we first see that we are called to be SALT. What exactly is Jesus meaning by salt? Salt is used to season food and it enhances the flavor of the food we eat. It was also used back in the day, to keep food fresh when there was not any refrigeration. So the way I take that statement is that just like Salt seasons food and enhances flavor, the followers of Christ stand out as those who “enhance” the flavor of life in this world. Christians, living under the guidance of the Holy Spirit and in obedience to Christ, will influence the world for good, as salt has a positive influence on the flavor of the food it seasons. You and I, as Christians, are to be like the salt of the earth because our lives enhance and give meaning to this existence we call life.
Salt was used also to preserve meats and certain foods and to keep them fresh. We as Christians are called to be preservatives to the world, preserving it from the evil in the society of corrupt men whose suppressed natures are influenced by sin (PSALM 14:3, ROMANS 8:8)
Salt stops corruption and decay. Salt stimulates thirst. People will thirst for the word of God when they realize that they can not get by in this world without it. Just like salt makes us thirsty…we should be thirsty to share God’s word with others.
The question Jesus asked, however, is “What good is salt if it has lost its flavor?” Jesus is saying that if a Christian has lost his or her passion or enjoyment, then what’s the difference between them now than who they once were? The answer is there is very little difference.
Secondly, we are called to be LIGHT. Light is the natural agent that stimulates sight and makes things visible. My first thought while studying these verses on light made me think about a “lighthouse”. I know that the purpose of a lighthouse used to be to guide ships in the dark or to alert ships of dangerous waters. Due to new technology that has now changed. But we get the right idea about what lighthouses are and their main purpose. Just like “lighthouses” lead and guide by shining their lights, we are called to do the same. We have a light inside of us that should burn so bright for Jesus. That light should lead and guide you and others through dark places and through dangerous waters. Jesus is the light that is inside of us. His marvelous light will shine in and through us if we are true disciples that long to live for him.
Jesus said, “Let your light shine before others” (Matthew 5:16). He explained that no one lights a lamp just to hide it under a basket. A lamp is meant to be placed on a stand to give light to everything around it. Whether you’re timid or outgoing, you’re called to be a light to the people around you. So put yourself out there! Do not dim your light or be ashamed of the light that burns so brightly inside of you. Share it with the WORLD!!
Two key questions that we need to be asking ourselves daily!
- Are we showing HIS light to a dying world?
- Is anyone thirsty for Christ because of your words?
I hope that you enjoyed my study today! I know that I truly needed this reminder! Have a blessed day!
Stay Salty & Burn bright!
HAPPY THURSDAY Y’ALL