Summary: God has called each of us to be the light and witness to this dying world.
Being the salt and light
We have been for several weeks in a study of the Sermons on the Mount.
Jesus sitting on the mountain teaching His disciples the way that they should be living their lives.
Blessed are those who mourn for others.
Blessed are those who show mercy, pure in heart, peacemakers.
Blessed are those who are persecuted for the kingdom of God.
All of these are characteristics of God that should be lived out in a believer’s life.
Then he continues his teaching with his followers. It is the text for this morning.
As Christians, or believers, what is our responsibility?
Jesus answers that question here- We are to be the salt and the light of this world.
What does that mean? What does that look like?
Peter writing to a scattered persecuted congregation in Asia Manor says
“You are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s own people, that you may declare the wonderful deeds of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light. Once you were no people but now you are God’s people; once you had not received God’s mercy but now you have received mercy.” (1 Peter 2:9-10)
In verse 13- Jesus tells us “You are the salt of the earth”
He doesn’t say should be, try to be, do your best to be. He says to be the salt of the earth!
Now you have to remember the times we are talking about. Salt was a very important commodity in ancient times.
It was a preservative. There was no refrigerators and meat was salted to keep it from spoiling.
Salt had value- The King would have a whole room filled with salt and it was actually used as money. They would pay the soldiers in salt.
It is where we get the term “He/She is worth their weight in salt”
So if we are to be the salt to where God has placed us, we have to think about a few things.
How can we act as a seasoning agent? Improve the quality of life of those we come in contact with.
Not enough salt and we are blah. Plain. Not changing anything.
Too much salt and we overpower them. Really don’t give them a chance to digest what we are saying because we don’t taste good.
Salt should make a person thirsty. Satisfied by water.
A Christian being the salt to those around them should make others thirsty for the things of God. Desiring for them to have what they have, a relationship with God.
A peanuts cartoon showed Peppermint Patty talking to Charlie Brown. She said, “Guess what, Chuck. The first day of school, and I got sent to the principal’s office. It was your fault, Chuck.” He said, “My fault? How could it be my fault? Why do you say everything is my fault? She said, “You’re my friend, aren’t you, Chuck? You should have been a better influence on me.”
To be salt, we do not have to be spectacular.
To be salt, we do not have to be sensational.
To be salt, we do not have to be successful. (by the world’s standard)
We just have to affect our little corner of the world that the Lord called us to.