Your light must shine before others,
that they may see your good deeds and glorify God.
It’s easy to act with integrity and let our light shine in the midst of approval and admiration. When things are going smoothly and everyone agrees, we can be proud of ourselves and be satisfied that we are indeed the salt of the earth. The situation is different when being the light means facing opposition and people who do not see flavor in our particular salt. The temptation is strong to crawl under the bushel basket where it is safe. That’s where courage and commitment are required. That’s where Christ’s challenge is. Light fills an entire space; salt flavors an entire dish. There is no in between.
May I try to be salt and light in my small circle of the world.
Reflect on the meaning of salt without flavor and light that is hidden. How does it apply to you?
Jesus said to his disciples:
“You are the salt of the earth.
But if salt loses its taste, with what can it be seasoned?
It is no longer good for anything
but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.
You are the light of the world.
A city set on a mountain cannot be hidden.
Nor do they light a lamp and then put it under a bushel basket;
it is set on a lampstand,
where it gives light to all in the house.
Just so, your light must shine before others,
that they may see your good deeds
and glorify God.”
Salt has meaning when it gives flavor to something. Salt kept in a bottle, with the humidity, loses its strength and is useless. Christians must go out with the message, go out with the riches of salt that we have received and give it to others.
No man is worth his salt who is not ready at all times to risk his well-being, to risk his body, to risk his life, in a great cause.
The Bible says that Christians are the salt of the earth and the light of the world. On the job, in the grocery store, even among… friends and family members, God’s people are there to bring seasoning to an unsavory situation.
We cannot hold a torch to light another’s path without brightening our own.
Light gives of itself freely, filling all available space. It does not seek anything in return; it asks not whether you are friend or foe. It gives of itself and is not thereby diminished.
There are two ways of spreading light; to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.
When you possess light within, you see it externally.
To be the salt, you also need to be the shaker. To shake the world. Shake the truth. Shake the people. Shake the word. Have it sprinkle, melt and preserve humanity.