One of the things that followers of Jesus are supposed to do is make things better. We are supposed to improve everything that we are around. We are supposed to make a difference. Jesus gives us an overview of that in a well-known passage, Matthew 5: 13-16:
13 “You are the salt of the earth; but if salt has lost its taste, how can its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything, but is thrown out and trampled under foot. 14 “You are the light of the world. A city built on a hill cannot be hid. 15 No one after lighting a lamp puts it under the bushel basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.
There are many things that have been and can be said about this passage but as I read this, this morning, I look at salt and light. And they both make things better.
Salt adds flavor, we all know that. I love good salty foods. Now, we know that it’s probably the not the best for us health-wise, but it does give things a great flavor. But in Jesus’ day the great thing about salt wasn’t its taste factor, it was this. Salt preserved things. Salt was a valuable resource in that day because its main function was that it was used to keep meat from going bad. Salt literally preserved life. Wars were fought over salt, because salt, in many ways saved lives.
You needed to have salt to have any long term shot at life. Salt made things better.
And we all today know how valuable light is. Just let the electricity go off in your house for a little bit and we all remember how much we like light. Light lets us see. Light gives direction. Light casts out fear. Light wards off danger. Light is invaluable.
Salt and light made things betters.
We are salt and light.
We have the calling, we have the challenge, to make things better. Today in big ways, and small ways, you can make things better. You can make your family, your work place, your school, your neighborhood, your world, a better place.
You are salt and you are light. Through the spirit that dwells within you, you can do this!
Today, let’s be life changers. Let’s be salt and light!