The next section of Matthew is 5:13-16. Jesus is speaking the whole time concerning us and how we should be as His followers. And I love the fact Jesus uses everyday items to help us visualize what He is teaching. Sort of teaching without teaching.
First Jesus says that we are the salt of the earth. We know we came from dust and will return to dust, but in our dust is the extravagant sprinkling of God:i.e. our salt. If salt is used for flavoring food, then what kind of flavoring is our salt from God?
Do we make the taste buds of others, who want to know about Jesus Christ, tingle and salivate for more? Or do we make them feel like they are eating dirt?
Jesus also tells us that when salt looses its’ saltiness, salt cannot get the taste back. And Jesus suggests that the salt should be thrown out and trampled by men. Wow, fortunately for us, we are covered with His Grace and can come back to Him to regain our saltiness.
In the next paragraph, Jesus calls us the light of the world. Jesus reminds us that we don’t try to hide a light, but we set it out to illuminate our rooms. What if we, Christians, were like glow sticks, waving through the darkness for others to find their way to Jesus? And if we are a Jesus glow stick, our brightness should be powered by our actions and words toward others.
Let me ask you…”How brightly do you glow?”
The last line of Chapter five is important to mention.
The words of our Lord and Savior…
“In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.”
I wanted to quote this line because my study bible tells me Matthew uses the term “Father in heaven” or “heavenly Father” seventeen times in his gospel. Mark and Luke use the term only once and John not at all. Just an interesting side note.
Well, here we are the salt and light to the world. Except in our humanness there are times we are a robust flavoring of Jesus Christ, and other times we are dirt. The same with our light. At stages in our lives we burn so brightly we could power New York City and other stages we are like a lighted match in a dark cave.
But through it all, we are covered by grace. Amazing Grace! Which allows us to regain our saltiness and power boost our light.
If you feel like you have lost your flavoring and glow, talk to God. He will wrap His arms around you and power charge your soul, while sprinkling you with His salty love!
God Bless You!
God Bless America!