The Salt and the Light of the World
Have you ever imagine why Jesus called His Disciples the salt and the light of the world? Let’s see together in this article.
Biblical Reference: Matthew 5: 13-16
Memory Verse: “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven” (Matthew 5:16).
In Matthew 5: 13-16, Jesus compared His followers with salt and light.
Although this may seem a bit strange comparison, it really does have some interesting lessons. Maybe you like rice, but have you ever eaten rice without salt? Oh … Terrible! Rice is a favorite food, but without salt, nobody wants to eat it.
Jesus said that His followers are the salt of the world. Just as unsalted rice has a bad taste, the world without followers of Christ has “bad taste” before God.
Salt also serves to preserve food. In any case, the salt must completely affect the food to flavor it or preserve it. Christians can not be the salt of the world if they do not try to have a good influence on others.
They show their influence through their good words (Colossians 4: 6) and works (Matthew 5:16) that flavor and preserve the world. If Christians do not speak and do what is good, then they are like salt without flavor that is useless.
The second comparison of Jesus (the light of the world) had the purpose of emphasizing this same point further.
Today it is common to have electricity in the houses, so when you want to have electricity at night, you just have to move the switch. But 2,000 years ago, when Jesus taught in Palestine, there was no electricity, and people generally shone their houses with lamps that contained oil.
The small houses had only one room, and a lamp that was put in a high place could illuminate everyone. If you wanted a light for everyone, then nobody would light a lamp and cover it with something.
What lesson Does this teach about the salt and the light?
Frequently the Bible makes reference to the world that does not know God as in a spiritual state of darkness; On the other hand, the disciples of Jesus live in the light and are light (Acts 26:18, Ephesians 5: 8).
Why? Because your heavenly Father is perfect light (James 1:17, 1 John 1: 5), they have the Word of God that is the light (Psalm 119: 105), and they enlighten the world through their lives (Philippians 2:15). With their “light,” they help others find their way to heaven (John 14: 6).
Just as in the case of salt, if Christians hide their light by not speaking and doing what is good, then they are useless. Good deeds allow others to recognize the goodness of Christians and honor God for this.
Although many times the world will treat the followers of Jesus badly (Matthew 5: 10-12), they are still a great blessing to the world-as are salt and light.
What a great responsibility the followers of Jesus have before God and the world! Not only must they be good, but they must also do good.
Since they are children of God, the world will believe in God if they show God in their own lives. Are you willing to be salt and light of the world?
Jesus said that salt could lose its flavor. How can the followers of Christ lose their flavor before God and the world? Read 1 John 2: 15-17 to help you with your answer.
- How can you be salt and light of the world with your words? Give examples.
- How can you be salt and light of the world with your actions? Give examples.
- Read the story of Dorcas in Acts 9: 36-42. What was she doing to be salt and light of the world?
- Can a Christian choose not to be salt and light of the world? Why?
Read also: The Integral mission of the Church
Conclusion: God desires you to be His Showpiece
God’s desire for every one of His children is to be His showpieces in this darkened world. Are you really illuminating your world or adding to the existing darkness? Determine right now to be the light and salt to your world.
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Evangelist Kehinde Pius Oluwole