Salt and Light
13. Ye are the salt of the Earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men. 14. Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hid. 15. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. 16. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in Heaven.
Salt is the world’s oldest known food additive. It plays a critical role in maintaining our own health. Without enough salt in our body, vessels will not contract, blood will not circulate, food will not digest, and the heart will not beat.
Salt is essential to life.
In the same way, Jesus disciples Have a vital role to play in influencing the world for God. Jesus continues to tell us, His disciples who we are; WE ARE THE SALT OF THE EARTH. In other word’s, God’s people are central to all that God is doing in the world. Through His disciples, God wants to bless others; to bring to them the good news that their sins are forgiven, and to help the poor and promote justice. One of our deepest human desires is to make a lasting difference in life. Here, Jesus says that His people make an everlasting difference in life.
Jesus also say’s that His people make an impact on the wildest possible scale: You are the salt of the Earth. Moreover, you are the Light of the world. Again, we see the global dimension of the impact. Jesus goes on to stress the importance of His disciples having such an impact on this world.
Salt by it’s very nature is salty. A light Naturally shines. If it does not, its useless and is thrown out. Salt and light is what we have. Salt and light is what we must be. Of course, by salt and light, Jesus means our good deeds. he will continue to teach about living righteously for the rest of this teaching. That means our lives if conforms to God’s will (not ours), we are to be full of good deeds. Why? That they may…glorify your Father in Heaven. Yes, through our good deeds and lived lives God desires to bless His words, but His ultimate purpose (in this all things) is that He might receive Praise and Glory.
that is why we cannot be “silent witnesses”. Nobody that our lives touch will ever turn and glorify the Father in Heaven unless we tell About Him, live it before them. They will never appreciate that we have been merciful to them unless we testify of God’s mercy to us. when we follow, shine, and speak of the Father, the world will give Him Honor and Praise, and Glory.