13 “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt should lose its taste, how can it be made salty? It’s no longer good for anything but to be thrown out and trampled on by men. 14 “You are the light of the world. A city situated on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 No one lights a lamp and puts it under a basket, but rather on a lampstand, and it gives light for all who are in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before men, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.
Have you ever eaten something that is usually salted that doesn’t have salt? My grandfather just got out of the hospital after going into diastolic heart failure. To continue living a healthy life, he has to remove all salt from his diet. To support him during this life change, the whole family chose to stop eating salt—and WOW, I have to say… everything tastes better with salt. When I ate green beans without salt, I pretty much wanted to do what the second part of Matthew 5:13 said: throw it out and stomp on it!
As Christ-followers, we are called to be the salt of the earth. When you go without salt for a month, you realize the depth of that statement. We have the opportunity to flavor every facet of life and culture with all the incredible God-flavors Christ gives us.
In these few verses, we also see that Christians are called to be light. Can you imagine a world without light? When the tornado devastated parts of Nashville, I had friends who were out of power for several days. Because this meant they had no lights, some of their normal day-to-day tasks had to be put on pause. It was unsafe for them to work in or even move around within their own homes.
Jesus is THE LIGHT, and as believers, we have the opportunity to shine a light that points directly to Him.
The world needs salt and light. Let us focus on how we can be salt and light today and every day.
Questions to Ask Yourself
- How do we bring the salt and light of Christ to the world around us, showing the love of God to each person?
- What is one practical thing you can do TODAY in order to be salt and light?