Thursday, July 16, 2009
Salt and Light
13 "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.
14 You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 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. 16 In the same way, let your light so 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, English Standard Version
Salt and Light
What would we do without salt and light? Just a little salt on our food brings out its rich and delicious flavor. What about light? How easy would it be for us to navigate at night if we had no light other than the moon and the stars? Just as God has provided light for this world, so has He provided His children to be salt and light for the people of this world.
Why are we Christians here? Why does God not take us home to be with Him immediately upon our conversion? God has left us here to be salt and light to the lost all around us. We must then ask the question, "Am I being salt and light to those around me?"
As Christ illustrated in verse 15, shown above, "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." How often, so that we may be more excepted by our peers, do we actually try to hide our light under a basket? We fear man, who can do nothing to us, rather than God, who can destroy our soul.
Let us look to Christ, the guardian of our soul. It is interesting to note that even though we know we can never loose the salvation that God has granted to us, even if we try to hide it, we are still like that city set on a hill, that cannot be hidden. But let us pray for boldness to display rather than hide that light for all to see, as we are encouraged by Christ to, Let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven. Matthew 5:16, KJV
Salt and Light! Think about that as you go about your duties this day.
God Bless You,