Friday, March 5

Salty and Bright

Scripture: Numbers 9-10, Matthew 5

Matthew 5:13–16 “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.

Observation

In these twin metaphors of salt and light, Jesus speaks about the influence His followers will have.  Salt is both a preservative and a flavor enhancer.  Light enables us to see.  Salt is different from what you put it on—you never salt your salt.  Light is different from darkness.  Both are change agents, and are powerful metaphors for the impact of believers on those around them.

But in both metaphors, Jesus emphasizes that influence can be lost.  Don’t lose your saltiness or you become worthless.  Don’t hide your light.  I was surprised that more was said about the possibility of losing your influence than anything else!  Evidently this is a very real danger for us.  It made me wonder, “Have I lost my saltiness or hidden my light?  How does that happen?”

Jesus tells us to let our lights shine before others so they may see our good deeds.  Our saltiness and light—our influence—must be related to our good deeds, doing the will of God, and I would assume it includes what we say.  When we live as God wants us to, we naturally have influence.  When we don’t, we “lose our voice,” lose our influence, cease to be salty and bright.  

What makes us different is living and speaking the gospel, living the will of God in word and deed.  Am I doing that?  Am I salty and bright?

Application

Influence is important to God—and to me!  I want to influence others toward Him!  It concerns me that influence can be lost, that I could lose my saltiness and hide my light.  I don’t want to do that!

So today, with God’s help, I want to live out the will of God.  What do You want me to do in each situation?  What do you want me to say?  

Prayer: Lord, make me salty and bright today!  Help me not to lose my influence by being careless or selfish or inattentive or disobedient.