STUFF THAT JESUS SAID DAY 4
“YOU ARE THE SALT OF THE EARTH; BUT IF THE SALT LOSES IT’S FLAVOR, HOW SHALL IT BE SEASONED? IT’S GOOD FOR NOTHING BUT TO BE THROWN OUT AND TRAMPLED UNDER FOOT BY MEN.”
“YOU ARE THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD, A CITY SET ON A HILL CANNOT BE HIDDEN! YOU DON’T LIGHT A LAMP AND PUT IT UNDER A BASKET, BUT ON A LAMPSTAND AND IT GIVES LIGHT TO ALL IN THE HOUSE.”
“LET YOUR LIGHT SO SHINE BEFORE MEN, THAT THEY MAY SEE YOUR GOOD WORKS AND GLORIFY YOUR FATHER IN HEAVEN.”
How are you salt and light in the world you live in today? Perhaps more importantly, what kind of salt and light are you? Are you salt that has lost it’s flavor, a light that isn’t even shining or are you sizzling and glowing where God has placed you?
Jesus used the concepts of salt and light a number of different times to refer to the role of His followers in the world. One example is found in Matthew 5:13: “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 by men.” Salt had two purposes in the Middle East of the first century. Because of the lack of refrigeration, salt was used to preserve food, especially meat, which would quickly spoil in the desert environment. Believers in Christ are preservatives to the world, preserving it from the evil inherent in the society of ungodly men whose unredeemed natures are corrupted by sin (Psalm 14:3; Romans 8:8).
Second, salt was used then, as now, as a flavor enhancer. In the same way that salt enhances the flavor of the food it seasons, 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 inevitably influence the world for good.
In the analogy of light to the world, the good works of Christ’s followers are to shine for all to see. The presence of Christians in the world must be like a light in the darkness, not only in the sense that the truth of God’s Word brings light to the darkened hearts of sinful man (John 1:1-10), but also in the sense that our good deeds must be evident for all to see.