“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.” – Matthew 5:13-16
As I look at the world today, I see many professing Christians who need to take a long hard look at their profession of faith. I see arguments on social media, arguments in the streets, and very little Christ-likeness. I see much shouting, little gentleness. I see many misunderstandings, little reasonableness. I see much depravity, little salt. I see much darkness, little light. And mind you, I see this most from the cultural-Christian camp. Those who believe that just because they were born in a certain place, fall on a certain side of the aisle, that makes them Christian. I wish professing Christians would take this verse seriously:
“Examine yourselves, to see whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Or do you not realize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you? Unless indeed you fail to meet the test!” – 2 Corinthians 13:5
What does Jesus mean when He says that Christians are salt and light? Christians are to be the preservative of what is good in this world. Christians are to influence the world for good, and the advancement of the Kingdom of God, by a real regenerate testimony proven by the good works in their lives. If you profess to know Christ, your behavior will reflect that testimony. Now more than ever, we need true and genuine Christians to influence the world in a Christ-like manner.
You are the salt of the earth:
Salt is beneficial in many ways. Salt in Jesus day was often used as a preservative. Obviously there were not refrigerators or deep-freezers. They would rub salt on meats, and it would preserve it’s freshness, and it’s integrity. In the same way, when Jesus says Christians are to be the salt of the earth, we are to be the preservative of truth, and goodness. We live in a post-modern society, that says that truth is relative. That you can live your truth, and if it’s true, it’s true for you. We live in a world that says that Jesus can be whoever you want him to be. We live in a world that teaches that you can follow Jesus in your own way. Sadly, these ideas have crept into the “church”. It has produced a generation of people following a god that they have created in their own image, that looks nothing like the God of the Bible. Christians are those who have truly submitted their entire life to the risen Lord Jesus, and seek to promote His ways among a lost and dying world.
You are the light of the world:
If you have truly been regenerated by the power of the Holy Spirit, you now have a true testimony to the power of Christ. You will now be one who can see the world for what it is, and be able to shine the light of truth into people’s life. The truth of Jesus Christ.
The lamp in a Jewish home in those days was fairly small, and this is why they would place it on a stand. Once this small light was on the stand, it would give maximum light to the entire house. In the same way, God chooses the small, weak, and rejected of the world, to put on a stand. That way the world would receive maximum light.
Let your light shine:
This does not mean, be argumentative, fight to be right, or enforce your unbiblical positions on the world. This means be holy.
1 Peter 1:16, “for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.”
What the world needs is Christians whose lives conform to the Bible. Christians who hunger and thirst for righteousness. Like Robert Murray McCheyne said, “The greatest need of my people is my personal holiness.” The world doesn’t need your opinions, that aren’t really grounded in Scripture. They need to see Christians whose profession proves true. Who love holiness, and righteousness. This is what a lost and dying world needs, your conformity to the image of Christ.
They will see your good works, and give glory to your Father who is in heaven:
I look at the world today, and I see Christians who care very little about this verse. They are more concerned with being right, than glorifying God. The whole purpose for everything God does, is that he would be glorified. Most people today are seeking to be vindicated in their political positions, or personal convictions, when God has called us to glorify his name through our personal devotion to him.