Tuesday, November 23, 2021
Salt and Light
13 “Let me tell you why you are here. You’re here to be salt-seasoning that brings out the God-flavors of this earth. If you lose your saltiness, how will people taste godliness? You’ve lost your usefulness and will end up in the garbage.
14-16 “Here’s another way to put it: You’re here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world. God is not a secret to be kept. We’re going public with this, as public as a city on a hill. If I make you light-bearers, you don’t think I’m going to hide you under a bucket, do you? I’m putting you on a light stand. Now that I’ve put you there on a hilltop, on a light stand—shine! Keep open house; be generous with your lives. By opening up to others, you’ll prompt people to open up with God, this generous Father in heaven.
-Matthew 5:13-16 The Message
Disciples and the World
Verse 13: “You are the salt of the earth, but if the salt has become tasteless, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by people.
Verse 13 study: Seasoning is flavor. If it doesn’t bring out the flavor in your food, it is worthless. Likewise, as Christians, if you don’t bring out yourself to affect the world around you, you are of little value to God. If we are like the world, we are worthless. Blending in with everyone else is not exactly the step in the right direction. Our job is to affect others positively, just as the seasoning in your food brings out the best flavor.
Verse 14: “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden;
Verse 15: nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but it gives light to all in the house on the lampstand.
Verse 16: Your light must shine before people so that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.
Verses 14-16 study: Is it possible to hide a city sitting on top of a hill? When it lights up, you can see it for miles and miles. If we live for Christ, we will glow like lights, reminding others of what Christ is like. But, on the other hand, we may hide our light by:
- Being quiet when we should speak.
- Going along with the crowd.
- Denying the light.
- Letting sin dim the light.
- Not explaining our light to others.
- Ignoring the needs of others.
Be the truth, don’t shut off your light to the rest of the world.
Father, the analogy of seasonings and our spiritual self is authentic here. We will have moments where we stand out, moments that we don’t. Most people are attracted to food because of the flavor in seasoning, and it makes sense for us to be out of our comfort zone to be the light for you. Thank you for being on time. In Jesus’ name. Amen.