In a world that at times seems so full of evil, it is important that we remind ourselves of our purpose here on earth. Jesus called us to be light in the darkness. We must stay on the job and continue to be salt and light.

In Matthew’s Gospel, Jesus tells his disciples,

13 “You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men.

14 “You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. 16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven. (Matthew 5:13 – 16, NKJV)

To all of my brothers and sisters in Christ, I echo those words to you today. “You are the salt of the earth. You are the light of the world”

With everything going on in the world around us–and for some of us right in our own lives and in our own homes– it is easy to lose heart, to give up and lose hope.  All too often it looks like evil is prevailing. Yet, regardless of the circumstances around us, our job description as followers of Jesus does not change. The role of the believer is steadfast. We are called to be salt and light in the world!

What is salt? What does it do?

  • Salt preserves
  • Salt cleanses/purifies
  • Salt heals
  • Salt adds flavor
  • Salt enhances flavor, it brings the best out of what is already there
  • Verse 13 says“You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men.

If you aren’t salty salt you are good for nothing! As believers we can’t aim to blend in with the world, we are called to stand out.  Not only are we the salt of the earth but we are also called to be the light of the world.

14 “You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house.

 

Light isn’t supposed to be hidden under a bush. A flashlight does you no good if its on but the light is covered up by something else. Not only shouldn’t lights be hidden but they also ought to be positioned strategically. Think about it…look for a moment at the light in the room you are in right now. Chances are it is positioned somewhere up high in the ceiling, perhaps right in the center of the room, or on a lampstand elevated above eyelevel. Lights are positioned high and lifted so the light can do its job effectively.

What does light do?

  • Light helps one see clearly
  • Light illuminates
  • Light helps make the path clear
  • Light exposes– the good and the bad

And Jesus calls you the salt of the earth, the light of the world!!! No matter where you find yourself, you ought to be asking the question “How can I be salt?” “How can I be Light?”

On my job, How can I be salt, How can I be light? In my home? In my neighborhood? In my church? In my school…in my relationships…How can I be salt, How can I be light? When I feel like I am under attack: How can I be salt, How can I be light?

You are the salt of the earth, the light of the world. The question is–Are you shining or are you hiding???

16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven. (Matthew 5:16, NKJV)

The posture of our heart ought to be to live our lives in such a way that God is glorified. The reason we can’t hide our light is because people need to see it so they can give God glory. Let your light so shine before men that they see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven. The point of being salt and light in the earth isn’t for you—it’s about God getting the glory due HIM. When we live as salt and light all roads point to Christ and all glory goes to Him.

May the posture and prayer of our hearts be “Lord, help me to be salt and light in the earth. Teach me, show me, guide me, bridle my tongue, order my steps, guard my heart so people see your light shining in me-so you can get the glory out of my life!”