We sprinkle salt on our meat and potatoes and stir a pinch into our cake batter and bread dough. But if we go without, our meal tastes a bit bland and our baked goods flavorless. That’s because salt brings out the flavor and adds strength to the dough. A lot isn’t needed, but you can definitely tell the difference without it.
In the same way, God’s people are sprinkled into many different places in this world—different work spaces, different families, different economic statuses, and different hometowns. And we’ve also been stirred into different mixtures with different ingredients—one person may have a heart for the homeless, be struggling through a divorce, and heavily involved in their child’s sports team; while you are passionate about animals, have experience in retail, and are facing an overwhelming amount of debt.
Regardless of our differences, Jesus told His disciples the same thing: “You are the salt of the earth.”
While the rest of this world is complaining about how bland and sour this world may be, God’s people are called to bring out the flavor by showing them the abundant life Jesus came to give. And while trials and circumstances can deflate a non-believer, God calls Christ-followers strengthen and encourage one another to rise again in the power of the Holy Spirit.
There may not be a lot of other Christians in your office, neighborhood, friend group, or family. But just like with the amount of salt on our steak and in our pancake mix, a lot isn’t needed; God’s grace is sufficient and His power is made perfect in our weakness, limitations, and minority. But every single believer is called to show up, shine God’s light, and sprinkle salt into this world, because if we don’t—and instead, lose our saltiness—the rest of His body will definitely be able to tell the difference.
Together, as a church and the light of the world, may we let our good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise our heavenly Father.
- How are you the salt of the earth in your specific world—to your particular neighborhood, your unique friends and family, and your exact workplace?
- In light of Jesus’ warning, may this be our prayer: “Jesus, I see clearly that you have named and called me to be the salt of the earth. But I also hear your warning—that I could lose my flavor. Keep me strong, and protect me against the effects of sin and the attacks of the evil one. So as I face into today’s circumstances, I can live up to my purpose and the calling you’ve placed over my life—I am the salt of the earth and the light of the world. Thank you for setting me apart!”
Teaching about Salt and Light
13 “You are the salt of the earth. But what good is salt if it has lost its flavor? Can you make it salty again? It will be thrown out and trampled underfoot as worthless.
14 “You are the light of the world—like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden. 15 No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father.
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