Salt & Light In a World of Immortals
Following the Beatitudes in Jesus' Sermon on the Mount, Jesus says to those who are willing to be persecuted "for my sake" that you "are the salt of the earth" and "the light of the world". What does it mean, and how does it happen, that people look like light and taste like salt?Jesus is not exhorting his disciples to be light or salt. Jesus is saying that his disciples are the light and salt of the earth. If Christians do not stand up for, and speak well of, Jesus Christ in the public sphere certainly no one else will. There is no other light or salt to be found or to rely on as a backup plan.So our goal is not to be the light and salt of the world -- Jesus already made us that when he transformed our hearts and centered our lives in Him. Rather our goal is to be the brightest light and the most savory salt we can be as Christians. With that in mind, we consider in this message a few basic principles we learn from Scriptural teaching and Scriptural example.