“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.”
STAY SALTY AND BURN BRIGHTLY
Jesus described the Church as salt and light, essential ingredients for human well-being. Can you imagine a world without them? While the world grows darker and blander, what are we to do?
Salt is everywhere — in our tears and sweat, as well as our blood. In ancient times, salt was vital. It was used as a natural antiseptic for cleaning wounds and killing bacteria. Salt was also used to preserve and flavor food.
There is something profoundly disappointing about a substance with the appearance of salt but having none of its usefulness. This is why Jesus warned his disciples about losing their “saltiness”. As the Church, we are called to maintain our salty distinctiveness in order to flavor every aspect of life and culture, countering the impact of sin and evil. We are to
preserve good things from corruption. We are to make the world a better place for us to thrive.
How do we maintain our flavor? By being in the right relationship with Jesus and following his commandments. His followers are to embody the qualities in Matthew 5:11-15.
When Jesus called His followers “the salt of the earth, it was His reminder to us that He is what “seasons” the world. He is showing us that he wants us to participate in His work of redeeming the world, our culture — everything we touch. Even in situations where we feel small or powerless, we can have a positive impact by revealing the love and goodness of Christ, which
truly make life worth living.
Light is illuminating. By calling His followers “the light of the world,” Jesus invites us to bear good fruit and dispel the darkness around us. (Ephesians 5:11) All of God’s creation, humankind included, was made for this light. Light is a guide. Jesus invites us to help spread the light of His truth, even when the culture resists. It serves as a compass to help us find our way. Light is a comfort. A world without light would be terrifying as darkness is often a cover for evil and danger. Jesus referred to himself as
“the light of the world” — a light that darkness can never put out. We point the way to Him through our witness in word and deed. If we fail to help others find Him, then the world remains in darkness and cannot thrive.
Jesus calls us to take on the characteristics of His light: grace, love, and compassion. He asks us to enter desolate places, to give hope, to energize others in their pursuit of truth, to seek justice for the oppressed, and to love others, especially those whom society casts away.
When the Church acts as salt and light, it transforms lives. When we discover God’s purposes for our lives, and we seek to be the
hands and feet of Jesus, we will see lives changed.
I challenge you today to stay salty and burn brightly in a world that desperately needs to see that we as followers of Jesus
Christ contain the hope and light that can change the world.
Salty and Burning Brightly,