Matthew 5:13-16 (ESV)
“You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people’s feet. “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.
Jesus called us salt and light. Salt and light both change things. Salt can preserve or flavor foods. It can be used to preserve animal skins as well. Light allows us to see things. Light is necessary for foods to grow, provide heat, our bodies require light to be healthy, etc. Then He tells us to let our light shine before others so they will see our good works and give glory to God.
Other places in Scriptures, Jesus warns His disciples not to do good for others to see, because the Scribes and Pharisees are all about that. So what are we to do? I believe the difference is motivation and attitude.
We should do good things. We should not seek approbation. When people see or ask about the good things we do, we should try to point to Our Father, God. We should not seek reward or look for approval of others. We should never do good so that people will speak well of us. That may happen, but it should not be our motivation. Our motivation should be that God be praised and glorified.
We will effect change in our world, if we are salt and light. Let us strive to honor God and not ourselves.
by Virgil Stripes
Teaser: tomorrow we will talk about what it means that we are “Not of this world.”