Salt and Light

“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.

“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. 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. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. Matthew 5: 13-16

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


Jesus, Your word says that I am to be both salt and light. Salt to grow people in harsh environments. And Light to show the world that you are the only way. Thank You for giving us a way to become salt and light. May I always be salty and shine brightly for You. Amen.

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