Happy new year. Hope it’s off to a great start. Today we look into Matthew 5:11-16 – those well-known verses about us being salt and light of this world.
We are told that we are blessed and our reward is in heaven if we suffer persecution for our faith. This is a great comfort and as Jesus mounts his argument (excuse the pun) as to why we need to be “the salt and light” he highlights the blessing it is to be abused and criticised for our faith. Like many of the beatitudes, it seems a little backwards or hard to understand this side of eternity.
The question Jesus asks is, “What good is salt if it has lost its flavour?” In other words, if a Christian has lost his or her gusto and fervour, then what’s the difference between an old grain of sand they once were and the so-called salt they are now? The answer is very little.
Similarly, there is a challenge to “let our light shine before others, so they may see your good works and give glory to our Father who is in heaven.”. The push from Jesus is to get out there among people. To be seen and known as a believer and for people to see our good works. It’s not enough to be a social body that everyone knows but nobody knows you’re a Christian – nor is it enough to be a strong, faithful believer that retreats from the world and lives in a bubble.
All the best with getting the Word out on to the street, into our friendship circles, into our random interactions with people in our community through being salt and light to the world.