2014-05-17 - Salt and Light
"You are the salt of the earth." -- Matthew 5:13
During His Sermon on the Mount, Jesus addressed His followers as salt and light. Jesus was encouraging them and us to be like these two valuable resources. In Biblical times, salt was used as a preservative and a flavoring. Salt was crucial for keeping foods fresh; without it, foods spoiled rapidly. In Jesus' time, small lamps were used to light houses. Without electricity, a lamp was necessary to provide light at night for a household.
Jesus was telling His followers that they should exhibit the good qualities of these two essential elements. Christians are to serve as salt. We are to preserve our faith and not let it spoil. We are to use our salt to flavor and preserve the faith of others. Likewise, we are to be a light or lamp for others. We are to show them the way that Christ has revealed to us, and to help them with their light, during the dark times of life. As fellow believers, we can aid them in burning brightly.
Let us look for ways to be salt and light to others today. Who needs a little seasoning - or a light - to show the way today?
Richard Moser, Jr
All verses are from the New New International Version (NIV) unless otherwise noted.