“You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste (its strength, its quality), how can its saltness be restored? It is not good for anything any longer but to be thrown out and trodden underfoot by men. You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do men light a lamp and put it under a peck measure, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all in the house. Let your light so shine before men that they may see your moral excellence and your praiseworthy, noble, and good deeds and recognize and honor and praise and glorify your Father Who is in heaven, Matt. 5:13-16 (Amplified Bible). Salt and light here in Matt. 5:13-16 are used metaphorically to draw an analogy between them and the works of the Believer. Salt normally is seen as affecting the taste of food but salt is also a purifier possessing purifying qualities whereas it protects food from spoiling and the food is kept longer. As Christians, we affect our surroundings, & our communities whereas our presence is a witness to the revelation of God and in turn an influence to those around us to want to live for God. So our witness is key along those lines and our light is our good works of which others in this life ought to see and glorify our heavenly Father. We should live and act out our lives in a manner that glorifies God. That manner is revealed in His Word as we see in Matt. 5:13-16. Rom. 12:1 (Amplified Bible) reads: “I appeal to you therefore, brethren, and beg of you in view of [all] the mercies of God, to make a decisive dedication of your bodies [presenting all your members and faculties] as a living sacrifice, holy (devoted, consecrated) and well pleasing to God, which is your reasonable (rational, intelligent) service and spiritual worship.” Many Christians take these scriptures lightly but God does not. We may be the only light many will see.
In His Service,
Pastor Jeffery A. Muchison