Jesus said, “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. (Mathew 5:13)
THE PURPOSE OF SALT <ul><li>Salt functions as a preservative and prevents meat from getting spoiled. Similarly, as a moral antiseptic, Christians keep the corruption of society at bay by opposing moral decay by their lives and their words. </li></ul><ul><li>Second, salt is necessary for flavor. Without Christians and the gospel they proclaim and practice, this world would be more insipid. There is no true flavor found in the world. </li></ul><ul><li>Third, salt is white, symbolizing purity. Christians are to be in the world and yet live pure, different lives. </li></ul><ul><li>Fourth, salt also was used as a fertilizer. Christians must function in a way that promotes the growth of that which is good in the world. </li></ul><ul><li>Fifth, salt causes people to become thirsty. In the same way, Christians should cause people to thirst for Jesus Christ and his gospel. </li></ul>
<ul><li>So we must ask ourselves: Are we functioning as salt in our society? Are we causing people to thirst for Jesus Christ? In John 7:37, Jesus declared at the Feast, "If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink." It is the church's business to produce in the hearts of unbelievers great thirst for Jesus Christ. </li></ul>
Jesus said, “You are the light of the world.” (Mathew 5:14) Here we see Jesus Christ on a mountain speaking to a bunch of poor, humble, stinking fisherman. What is he telling them? "You and you alone are the light of the world." What a great compliment this was! What great dignity God bestowed upon them! And this is true of you, if you are a Christian. If you trust in Jesus Christ alone for your salvation, you alone are the salt of the earth and the light of the world. Who is the light of the world? Christians. Jesus was not saying that light is found in Aristotle, Socrates, Plato, emperors, politicians, philosophers, plutocrats, technocrats, artists, or scientists. No. The poor, humble Galileans who trusted in Jesus Christ and confessed that he is the Christ, the Son of the living God--and all true Christians throughout history--are alone 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. (Mathew: 14-15) <ul><li>If the people of the world fornicate and we fornicate, what is the difference? If they lie and we lie, what is the difference? When they do a sloppy job, and we do a sloppy job, what is the difference? When they complain and murmur against their bosses, and we complain and murmur against our bosses, what is the difference? When they don't love their spouses, and we don't love our spouses, what is the difference? When they divorce and we divorce, what is the difference? When they are lazy and we are lazy, what is the difference? </li></ul>
Jesus said, “Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house.” (Mathew:5-15) P.K.George says, “We cannot benefit the world when we are like the world. Christians are to reflect the light of Jesus to the world. And what is this light? It is the light of salvation, the light of eternal life, the light of the knowledge of God, the light of the joy of salvation, the light of hope, and the light that shines in darkness. It is the light that opens the eyes of the blind and causes them to see the light of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.”
Jesus said, “In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” (Mathew 5:16)