Today you should read: Matthew 5:12-20
As Jesus is teaching in Matthew 5, He compares believers to two things that are common – Salt and Light. Jesus did this frequently – using familiar things to drive home a point.
You are the salt of the earth. (v.13)
Why salt? What is the significance of that?
– Salt flavors
I love a good steak! I also really like popcorn. But I tell you, you can have both of them without salt! Salt brings out the flavor of food. Without it, food can be bland – even flavorless. We are to do the same thing – bring out the flavor of Jesus in those we come in contact with.
– Salt preserves
Long before the days of refrigeration – salt was used to preserve meat. Salt makes things last longer! The Bible tells us that, because of the righteous, God is withholding His wrath on the world.
– Salt changes
Ever put salt on ice? What happens? It changes ice to water. This is true when you mix salt with other substances as well. As Christians, we should change our environments to be more like Jesus. We should make a difference where we are.
Salt is important. Verse 13 reminds us that we can lose our effectiveness and no longer flavor, preserve, and change. What causes that? Sin, Apathy, Disobedience….
You are the light of the world (v.14)
Makes me think of a song from my childhood…
This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine. This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine – let it shine, let it shine, let it shine.
Hide it under a bushel no! I’m gonna let it shine…
Won’t let Satan blow it out – I’m gonna let it shine…
How’s your little light? Shining bright for Jesus? A city on hill cannot be hidden. Time to get out your light and let it shine. The good news is, no matter how meager it may seem – a little light shines bright in a dark place.
How about today? Spill SALT and LIGHT on everywhere!
Posted by: Tim Parsons