Good morning y’all. Today I’m looking at Matthew 5. There is so much to learn from this chapter but i’m going to focus on verse 13 -16.
“You are the salt for everyone on earth. But if salt no longer tastes like salt, how can it make food salty? All it is good for is to be thrown out and walked on. You are the light for the whole world. A city built on top of a hill cannot be hidden, and no one lights a lamp and puts it under a clay pot. Instead, it is placed on a lampstand, where it can give light to everyone in the house. Make your light shine, so others will see the good you do and will praise your Father in heaven”. (Matthew 5:13-16 CEVUS06)
Here, Jesus is saying we are the salt of the earth and light of the world.
Salt adds flavour and makes things taste better.
Light brings illumination where there was once darkness.
Bringing this home to our christian walk, we are called to add flavour here on earth and to bring illumination to the darkness around us in the world. There is so much darkness it’s unbelievable. We are not meant to add to the darkness, rather we are meant to bring light.
Question is are we truly loving up to this expectation from God? Do we act as salt and light everywhere we go? In our place of work or school, can people detect that we are children of God? When we go somewhere do people say after we’ve left of how we’ve made their lives better; how we have impacted them for good?
This was what Jesus lived for. Everywhere He went scripture says He was doing good. People saw the love of the Father in Him. Even the disciples of old, people recognised them as followers of Christ by the life they lived and how they conducted themselves both in speech and action.
Our lives should truly reflect that of our heavenly Father. People should see the love of Jesus reflected in us and that love should draw them to God. I once heard a pastor say “your lifestyle can either attract people to God or repel them from God”. I pray we are attractors and not repellants.
Some of us started out as salts and lights but somehwere along the line, we have lost our saltiness and light. I realised that the only way we can keep the saltiness and light, is to remain in constant fellowship with the Holy spirit. Completely yielding to him and offering the members of our body as instruments unto righteousness. Time with the Holy Spirit will produce the fruits of the spirit in us.
“But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!” (Galatians 5:22-23 NLT)
“Since we are living by the Spirit, let us follow the Spirit’s leading in every part of our lives”. (Galatians 5:25 NLT)
If we fail to walk with the Holy Spirit, we will loose our saltiness and light. We would be of no use but to be cast away. This sort of reminds me of the scripture that says any tree that doesn’t bear fruit will be cut away.
“Remain in me, and I will remain in you. For a branch cannot produce fruit if it is severed from the vine, and you cannot be fruitful unless you remain in me”. (John 15:4 NLT)
“Anyone who does not remain in me is thrown away like a useless branch and withers. Such branches are gathered into a pile to be burned”. (John 15:6 NLT)
Let’s do a honest check today and make the words of Psalm 139: 23-24 our prayer.
“Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. Point out anything in me that offends you, and lead me along the path of everlasting life”. (Psalms 139:23-24 NLT)
Have a blessed Sunday 🙂
***With God all things are possible***