Lent – Day 10 – A Study of Matthew 5
“You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men. “You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:13-16
Salt in a container on the table is still salt but it doesn’t season anything until it is actively applied to food. Being the salt of the earth is about seasoning the life of those around us with the flavor of Christ. Too much salt is overwhelming to the flavor of the food and can even be repulsive. Too little and it has no discernable effect on the flavor. Applied in the right balance it enhances the flavor of the food and tends to make one thirsty for water.
This is the duel nature of salt. It not only adds flavor and a pleasant taste but it also stimulates a sense of thirstiness. When we are being salt in the earth we are adding flavor to the lives of those with whom we interact. The seasoning of Jesus Christ in our lives brings joy, goodness, comfort, encouragement, hope, knowledge, wisdom, understanding, zeal for Christ and the Word, healing, salvation, forgiveness, restoration, empowerment and life more abundantly. It also makes those who see Christ in us thirsty for more of Him, thirsty for a deeper sense of purpose and meaning to life and thirsty for the inner peace and confidence in the love of God.
Do you think the world that Jesus taught and lived in, as a man, was any different from the world we live in today? It was. It was far worse than anything we have known because there was no one but Him to preach and proclaim the Word of God to a world gone made with hate, violence debauchery, war, death, destruction and ungodliness at a dimension of human existence that was totally devoid of light.
There was a remnant, a hand full, of hopeful people who looked for the coming Messiah with great anticipation but when He came many of them did not recognize Him nor acknowledge Him as Messiah.
He was the Light of the world sent for their salvation and redemption but they could not see Him for Who He was because they were looking for a political king to overthrow the rulers who oppressed them. But He came as the Light of the world to bring them something much greater than political power and advantage. He came to bring them life and that more abundantly, to show them the pathway from darkness to light, from death to life, that would be for their benefit now and in the world to come for all eternity.
Now we are His light to the world. We are to live with our lives shining from within and illuminating the world around us with His presence, His Word, His peace, His healing, with salvation, deliverance, transformation and His Love. We are to be shining examples and reflections of His glory.
Have you ever noticed how the light from even a small candle can be seen for literally miles away through the dark? Or consider the light from a lighthouse, how ships can be guided safely to the shore even in the fiercest storms on the darkest nights because their light can be seen from far distances.
But, like salt, light contained in a box or under a covering cannot be seen, and it can illuminate nothing while it is hidden.
The light of the World is light shinning through the darkness, illuminating the pathway, revealing the obstacles and the provisions along the way. Hidden treasures and hidden traps are revealed by the light.
Being salt and light in the world is the active, deliberate work of Godliness that we do everyday in the mundane, routine pursuits of our lives, sometimes extraordinary but mostly ordinary and unremarkable to us. But each act of kindness, of grace, of helps and generosity we do for others brings light to the world and glory to God.
What are some things that you have noticed people doing that add life and goodness to your life and makes you thirsty for more of God? Then be those things to others that they will be enriched in their lives and desire more of God.
To God be the glory!