It’s been a long time since I blogged, so I figured I would get back into it by posting what I teach on for youth group or Sunday school. This morning’s message was on Matthew 5:13-16:
“You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under foot. You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.”
What does it mean that we are the salt of the earth and the light of the world?
First, what good is salt? Salt is used in over 14,000 different ways, with 68% coming through the use of industrial chemicals! Salt is one of the most stable compounds in the world and is one of the most abundant minerals in the world, too. As humans, we need salt in order to live because salt balances our body chemically and our muscles need salt to function. However, our bodies cannot produce salt so we must consume salt through water and food. Speaking of food, when it comes to food, salt is mainly used to preserve and to add flavor. Therefore, Jesus is calling us at Christians to preserve the truth (which is found in Christ) and to add flavor to a sometimes boring world. Where is the strength in salt? It’s found in quantity. A single grain of salt is very hard to taste the difference when sprinkled on food, but the more salt you add the more you can taste the salt. So it is with Christians: there is strength in numbers and community and the more we stick together, the saltier we can be to this earth.
Second, what is the significance of being light to this world? What difference does shining a light make? An important connection must be made to 1 John 1:5, which says “God is light and in him there is no darkness at all.” If God is light, and Jesus says “you are the light of the world,” then what is the connection? We are God’s representation here on earth and have been given his light to shine brightly for all to see. For when we let our light shine before others, it reflects the light of Christ.
Is your light shining?
If your light is shining, does anybody notice?
The powerful thing about light is that the darker the darkness, the brighter the light will shine. Additionally, the more lights that are turned on, the brighter it will be! As Christians, we have the power to chose to shine our lights for the sake of others and for the sake of Christ. So turn your light on, don’t hide it under a basket, and put it on a stand so others can see it! There is strength in community – so the more lights that are shining together = more light!
We together are the salt of the earth!
We together are the light of the world!
We together can make a difference in the lives of others!
We together can make a difference for God!