“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
I am giving credit to Pastor Brian Miller. This was all taken from his sermon this past Sunday, and God gave him great wisdom and encouragement to share with us. Very blessed to have him!
So you guys…salt and light. Jesus tells us to be the salt and light of the world. What does that look like? We think “salt adds flavor” and “light removes darkness.” Both so true, and both essential to what God calls us to do. However, I want to share a few other things about salt that opened my spiritual eyes a little wider.
Ever put salt on a wound to disinfect it?? It hurts doesn’t it!? Did you ever think that maybe us being the salt of the earth would mean that you have to do a hard thing and hurt someone to help them heal? I guess I’ve known that tough love needs to happen, such as disciplining my child to grow them, but I didn’t really make this connection with this passage before.
Same thing with light…when you sit in a dark room for a while and turn the light on, your eyes hurt and you don’t want to see the light right away. You need to adjust to it. Me living as the light and salt that Jesus commands means that people are going to have to adjust to the light, and endure the pain. That doesn’t mean that I am hard knock and bible thumping. It just means that in love and concern, I will need to reveal an area that will be quite painful for someone to work with and change. It may happen without me saying a word at all.
Salt creates thirst. I dare you to eat a bag of pretzels and not drink anything afterwards. (no, don’t take the challenge, just making a point here) You will feel thirsty afterwards, and if we are the salt of the earth for others, we create thirst. Thirst for what? The only water that will satisfy. (John 4) The Living Water. People will desire what you have, and they will not be satisfied until they have it.
Now, take the light analogy again. If you walk into a dark room, you have no idea what’s in there. You are cautious and walk around with small steps, feeling with your feet and hands to make sure you don’t trip over anything. Once you turn on the light, you see clearly and can move more freely because your vision has not been blinded. But, your vision is still limited. You only see what’s in the room with you, or you only see to the horizon. Just because our lights are on, that doesn’t mean we can see all the way to Chicago or Japan. We are still limited in what we can see, while God is infinite. He sees everything around us, in all times before and after us. We just see 10 miles around us in the now.
Being salt and light is a high call, and it’s not a suggestion. It’s something that Jesus says we must be doing. I love this quote…thanks P. Brian “If we are not affecting our world, the world is affecting us. If we are not salting the world, the world is spoiling us.” (I can’t remember if that was taken from someone else, but I just can’t take credit for that myself)
Are you spreading your salt? Are you seasoning your life and the lives around you? Am I a light that separates the darkness? If not, I’m ignoring the way Jesus calls me to be living for him.
I love seasoning things, so I pray my life is one that I will pay more attention to when it comes to salting. A salt shaker doesn’t salt the food itself. It needs a Master chef to do the shaking, measuring, and mixing. My job is to remain salty, it’s God’s job to use me as needed.
Love you all!