What is our purpose in this world? Christ says at the end of The Beatitudes in Matthew 5 that we are to be salt and light. So then, what does it mean to be salt and light?
You might think that Christ is saying that by being salt we are to be flavorful. Well, that might be somewhat true. But there are plenty of flavorful people who don’t follow Christ. Instead, what Christ is referring to here is the fertilizing properties of salt. Salt is used in many parts of the world as a fertilizer. You wouldn’t want to use what we in our part of the world use as table salt for fertilizing. The salts in Jesus’ day were mixtures of chlorides of sodium, magnesium, and potassium, with very small amounts of calcium sulfate (gypsum). So in this sense, we are supposed to be salt in the agricultural sense. This means we are supposed to get messy and to go where nothing is growing.
What better place to go and get messy. Restoration is a messy business. Christ is asking us in this passage to do a couple of things. First, He wants us to go forward and grow Believers in even the harshest of places. Second, He also wants us to be lights to the world. We are to shine His light out in a dark world where very little is growing spiritually. Christ is calling us to be salt and light. We have a huge purpose and task that Christ has given us.
Written by James Miller