“"You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people's feet. "You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” Matthew 5:13-16 ESV Today’s reading is another excerpt from Jesus’s famous Sermon on the Mount. In this section of the sermon, Jesus is confirming on his followers, including us the identity of being salt and light. I think it is extremely fascinating and poignant that Jesus uses salt and light to describe us as His followers. Let’s first look at salt. Salt is considered to be a substance that is used to season or preserve food. In other words, salt is used to make food more enjoyable to consume, either by adding flavour or making it more durable. Likewise, light in its simplest form, is the thing that makes things visible to us. Without light, it is impossible to see, which in turn causes us to be less effective.
By referring to us as salt, Jesus is calling us to add essence to and preserve the earth. In others words, He is expecting us to be distinct and different, but also offer stability and comfort to a world in need of His love and saving grace. Similarly, by calling us the light of the world, Jesus is bestowing onto us the responsibility to offer guidance and direction, as well as the expectation to be an example to be followed. Take this time to consider the following questions:
What are the areas of your life where your saltiness has run out?
Where has your light dimmed?
Where are you no longer as influential as you once were?
Maybe it’s your family or a relationship with a friend or someone closer. Perhaps, it’s at work, university or school. Wherever it is, ask yourself, am I having the impact I should be? Am I being the representative of Christ that He expects me to be? It is my prayer today, that whatever/wherever your sphere of influence is, you will indeed be salt and light. You will not lose your saltiness, nor will you hide your light! In a time where we are surrounded by unethical behaviour in our homes, schools, universities, work places and in popular culture, it is my hope that through the power of the Holy Spirit, you and I will have the boldness and conviction to be salt and light, in every area of our lives, so that people will see our good works and give glory to our Father in Heaven.