Summary: Believers are Christs Salt and Light on this earth its not a gifting you might or might not have (or want), you are, WE ARE!
The Salt of the Earth
Jesus preaching on the mountain
Tells his followers that “You Are”
We are Salt and Light
Its not negotiable, not a “gifting” to be claimed or ignored
Its not earned or as a reward
Its not a denominational calling
If Jesus is your Lord and Saviour, you are
We are Salt and Light
So we will not lose our saltiness or hide the light that shines bright
Salt and Light
Salt is a key component of life, we all have about of 120 grams salt in each of us, necessary for our bodies to function, muscles to work, blood to circulate, food to digest you get the idea essential
That’s why sick people get saline (salt solution) infusions
Salt also flavours, seasons, preserves and purifies, very important compound is salt, nearly as vital as water
Light, without it is darkness
Without it is a lack of vision a not seeing
Plants would cease to be, life on this planet would not be without light
Darkness does not nourish, light brings life, light brings vision, light brings hope and warmth
What does Jesus mean here to be like salt, the salt of the earth?
Have you ever drunk salt water, I remember one instance particularly vividly,
Think of Deal beach in Kent in England, on a sunny winters afternoon, crisp and clear
I was five and running fast away from my parents, just did not understand the word stop. As I ran I was just trying to get around that long wooden things called a breakwater, just wanted to run through that puddle on the end, it only looked to be an inch deep and ran into it and whoosh, down I went, tried to breath and got a lung full of salt water disgusting, then I remember looking up seeing a giant hand come down and yank me out, boy was I sick, relieved and happy, for my Fathers hand saving me, but I could not even smell seawater for a long while after that without feeling sick
Ever got salt or sea water in a cut, you know when you do it stings, I mean really stings, cut myself on the rocks fishing recently I can testify to this it stung!
So did Jesus mean were to make people sick, nauseated by our presence and sting them into submission, we have ways of making you believe…type salt?
No that’s not it
Think of food and its flavour and preservation, that’s the key here, that’s why salt was a very precious commodity in time Jesus was speaking, highly valued for it properties
Thrown on the manure heap if it lost its salty ness, worthless salt
As few weeks ago I was again up at the gym exercising for a few hours, burning thousands of calories, don’t worry I have many to burn!
Smug in my amazing prowess I made my way to my locker to change
Passing a young lad and his father, I hear the lad say to his dad “look that man has those bits like mummy!”
That’s truth salty style, no sugar to make it more acceptable, the truth as it is
The lads dad nearly sat on the poor boy to shut him up, after all as the youth had observed I am somewhat large!
Christians need to tell the truth, we know what is in the bible we know what would please Jesus and what would not, we should tell the truth with judgement and discernment, we are not called to cause hurt or pain we share in the Sprit of love and life
We need to show the truth in our lives, the purity in our hearts and ways of being
Flavour and Preservation
Jesus tells us we are the salt of the earth, salt brings out flavour in food and preserves it
So what flavour do you imagine yourself as them, if we were to “taste” you (in the biblical sense of course) so to speak what would it be?
Sweet, Sour, Spicy, nothing, a lingering taste developing slowly into something exotic and wonderful or a sharp bitterness
What would it be?
Me, well it depends on me unfortunately, rarely sweet in the true sense of the word, more often than I would like more of a bitter note that would not stimulate another bite! Or be an acquired taste, as Mena my wife will no doubt testify very acquired on occasion
Jesus is calling believers to carry his flavour to the world, his character, what’s that like you should ask
The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control, turning away from our sinful natures, that’s the taste of Jesus