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.
We’ve all heard the expression “salt of the earth”. Someone may be described as the “salt of the earth’, which is taken from this passage in Matthew though most people wouldn’t know that. The expression conveys “he’s a kind, decent person who selflessly helps others; trustworthy, good at heart.” This has only a kernel of the deeper truth Jesus spoke of.
Jesus is concluding his amazing statements of The Beatitudes by turning the focus of his listeners outwards. The blessings flowing for those who seek God mean we are to influence those around us, both individuals and our community. Salt and light are the images of influence Jesus uses.
Salt, a seasoning, brings out flavour. Light, dispelling darkness or gloom, brings out colour and enhances detail. As The Message version so brilliantly translates, “salt seasoning brings out the God-flavours of this world…Light…brings out the God – colours in the world.”
Salt and light change things. They change things for the better.
What am I seasoning? What colours is my life enhancing? Some important God-flavours to me are compassion and generosity flowing from God’s loving heart, a love I have experienced. God “colours” that change the landscape of relationships and situations are servant-hood and encouragement.
I believe the key to guarding against being diluted or losing our effectiveness (v16) is staying connected to God, through prayer, regular bible reading and fellowship with each other, resulting in a growth of the heart described in verses 3-10.
Dear Jesus. Your words challenge me. I want to show your loving heart and point my friends to you. Use me Lord to season the situations you put me in with your love. It’s all for your glory Jesus. Amen
Written by Claire Moore