Matthew 5:13-16—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. You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. 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. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.
Salt and light. Hmm. Jesus made a very interesting double comparison here to what we should be. Salt and light are natural things in that they are earthly entities. Salt and light are commodities that are, relatively speaking, easy to come by. The strange dichotomy here is that salt and light seem ordinary; ordinary, that is, until their purposes are applied.
Salt is a seasoning. It adds a little spice to the mix. It livens up the flavor of things. It takes the blandness away. That is who we are as “salt.” We are called to bring new life to a lost and dying world. We are called to bring a new flavor to the bitterness of this world. We are called to spice things up with the love of Christ.
Light makes an instant impact. It dispels darkness. It illuminates the way. It causes shrouded eyes to see. That is who we are as “light.” We are called to dispel the dark shroud the enemy has placed over the eyes of this world. We are called to illuminate the path to Heaven for all mankind. We are called to shine the love of Christ for everyone to see.
Even everyday screw-ups like you and I can go from ordinary to extraordinary as salt and light.
Prayer for Today:
I thank You that You have called me to do more than just plod through life. I thank You that You have called me to be salt and light to this world. Help me to add flavor to everything I do. Help me to shine brightly to all who see. Help me to be what You were on this earth.
Be so salty that people may “taste and see that the Lord is good” (Psalm 34:8). Shine your light so brilliantly, that people are almost blinded by it. Draw them in like moths to a flame. Never lose your flavor! Never go dim!