I imagine by now, all of you fairly local to the Carolinas, have seen a bumper sticker, or window decal, or perhaps a t-shirt that says “SALT LIFE.” It’s a visual reminder of a more relaxed time, and fond memories of being at the coast, or near the salty ocean. It invites a vacation state of mind, an escape from the usual every day doldrums.
Did you know that Christ tells us who are Christians, followers of Christ and His teachings, to live a salt life, and too, A light life, and it surely will be a grand adventure if we do! Matthew 5:13-16 “Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savor, wherewith shall it be salted? It is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and trodden under foot of men. Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick: and it gives light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your father which is in heaven.”
My family in Christ, you and I are on a mission from God! That mission is To share Jesus with those who haven’t yet met Him.
Think about the qualities and uses of salt. It adds enjoyment to a meal by adding flavor to highlight the taste of your food. It’s used to cure and preserve food, such as country ham…We as children of God, should add flavor to peoples lives around us, and we should allow God to work through us to even help preserve life. By showing sincere love, being a blessing, and teaching lost souls that there is hope in Jesus Christ; we can help strengthening the faith of our neighbor.
Salt also is used as a cleanser and detoxifier. Christians should help bring people contaminated by sin, plus the many with torn and broken lives to Jesus for washing, healing, and saving.
One of the qualities of light is that it illuminates everything around us so that our eyes can see what’s there. Under an intense light you can best examine an object or surface for flaws that need fixing, or a spot that needs removing. At night, if we have a good bright beam of light we can clearly see the path before us, the light helping us avoid any obstacles or find what we’re searching for.
We can check our own lives for any spiritual spot or blemish by the light of the truth of Gods Word. Then we can share the Scriptures with lost sinners, showing them that just like us, they can be forgiven of sin. We can lead those in darkness to “the Light of the World,” our Lord and Source of our light.
In a world that seems to be getting darker by the day, so full of ungodliness, sorrow, pain, and fear, you who are light will appear even brighter in contrast to the darkness around us! Daniel 12:3 says “And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness…and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever.”
Light also helps us see and appreciate the beauty around us. Notice in any art gallery that there is always lighting focused on the objects of art, this to bring out detail, texture and color. Outside of an art gallery we can see even grander works of art masterfully formed by the Creator of the Universe, all because we have the light of the Sun He made, and the eyes and brain He created also. If you will “Let your light so shine,” allowing the love of Jesus to shine through you toward the people your on this journey with, you will add beauty to their lives, and help light the way to the Savior.
Christians, live a salt and light life and you can’t help but impact the world around you in a very positive way.
George Randall Jr., is minister to youth at Rocky Ford Christian Church in Cana, Virginia and a member of the Mount Airy Ministerial Association.