The Salt and the Light of this Earth

13 “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.

14 “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.

– Matthew 5:13-14

During the first night of our women’s bible study last week, we were discussing the Holy spirit and came upon the point that He suppresses darkness in this world. Did I know that? Yes, but something hit a little deeper this time. Think about the fact that we are instruments here in earth and that we are here to be a light in the darkness that surrounds us. What if we weren’t here? How much crazier would life be? I cannot even begin to imagine what it would look like. We are the salt and the light of this earth. God tells us this, but what does it mean?

Salt preserves and cleanses, the light clarifies and brings warmth. These are the things that first come to mind as I ponder this. As the salt of this earth, I am to preserve God’s word, bring light to this dark world and to heal the wounds it inflicts on those around me. We are to stand firm on God’s truth and awaken those around us that have been lulled to sleep by the corruption in this land. I don’t pretend to be a scholar or to know all the answers, I can only share what I experience and what the Spirit shows me as I study His Word.

We are to prevent the growth of corruption and filth in this world as salt prevents bacteria on meat. The key is to apply it properly. We are to remain sensitive to the Spirit and take care when applying God’s Word and Wisdom. We also need to be in the Word and to have the Spirit within us to be of use. For if the salt loses it’s saltiness, it is of no use. If the light is hidden under a basket, it is of no use to those around it. We must extend God’s grace to all those around us. We must share our testimony and be open with our struggles, out triumphs, our failures and our God. If we do not allow God to work in us, if we do not share what Jesus did on the cross, then what good are we to those around us? If we hold it all inside, it will impact no one.

Salt enhances the way food tastes, light enables us to see more clearly. We, as Christians can make this life more palatable for others and help them to see more clearly, if we follow God’s commands and extend the grace and love extended to us through Jesus Christ. We are to love on one another, come along side and carry each other’s burdens. It is not our place to judge, lecture or guilt anyone. I think we can easily be thrown off and begin to act in the flesh without realizing it. We live in dark times. We must remain diligent and wait on the Lord.

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