“You are the light of the world—like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden. No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father.” Matthew 5:14-16 (NLT)
It seems like lately there has been so much awful, negative stuff going on all around us. There have been numerous devastating hurricanes and storms one right after another. Tragedies, attacks, murders and threats are happening both on grand scales and at individual levels affecting families all over the world. Suicide is wreaking havoc on the families and friends of its victims. Racial tensions are causing division. I could go on, but I think you get the picture. A lot stuff going on in the world lately just really kind of sucks to be honest! It’s dark. It’s broken.
The darkest nights produce the brightest stars.
On a side note…I have a friend that’s endured a lot of dark and tough times throughout the course of her life. No matter what she has gone through or continues to go through, she continues to stay positive even during some of the toughest times. She consistently remains a light in the darkness and a beacon of hope. This year for her birthday I got her a bracelet that reminded me so much of her that said, “The darkest nights produce the brightest stars.” More Christians need to follow her example to be a light in the darkness.
Just this past weekend my pastor did a message on “What Difference Does God Make…In the Face of Evil?” One of our pastors pointed out that in dark times it’s an opportunity for Christians to shine even brighter. One of my devotions this week also emphasized the importance of sharing hope and bearing witness of Jesus. It’s kind of been a theme that I’ve seen repeated lately—that we need to be a light.
Now, how can we practically do that?
Practical wisdom on how to be a light in scripture
Are You Salty? Do You Have the Qualities of Salt? Part 2 of 2
Be Salt and Light
“You are the salt of the earth. But what good is salt if it has lost its flavor? Can you make it salty again? It will be thrown out and trampled underfoot as worthless. “You are the light of the world—like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden. No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father.” Matthew 5:13-16 (NLT)
Last week in Part 1 we talked about being salt and light in our everyday surroundings. We discussed a few of the qualities of salt and how we could display some of those same qualities in our lives. I’d like to pick back up this week with some more qualities of salt that we should model.
I actually learned something new when studying salt. I knew salt was an extremely valuable commodity in ancient times, but I guess I just didn’t realize how much. In fact, I learned that Roman soldiers even used to be paid in salt at times. Apparently that’s where the term “worth his salt” came from. The word “salary” is even rooted from salt. In the Old Testament the Mosaic Law required that all offerings presented by the Israelites should contain salt (Lev. 2:13). Many theologians say this was to symbolize purification and an enduring covenant (salt purifies and makes things last).
Since salt holds such value in history, that same value should still hold true today—especially in relation to how we should be like salt. Let’s take a look at some more qualities of salt…
Some More Qualities of Salt:
Salt mixes in and interacts with its environment.
Salt penetrates into and interacts with what it is meant to change. In order for food to be cured or have flavor added, the salt must permeate into it. As Christians, we too need Continue reading →