Read Matthew 5
Do you know how I know that 2020 is the craziest year ever? I checked a package of salt that I had and it said expires December 2020.
Salt has been around at least since the beginning of the world. How do I know? When Lot’s wife turned into a pillar of salt as she looked back at Sodom, nobody commented, “What’s that stuff?”
Salt has been around. Man didn’t have to invent salt. It’s not like gravy that someone had to say, we need something to go with chicken fried steak. Salt has been around.
But what is it to be the salt of the earth? Salt has many qualities. It seasons. It preserves. It can make you scream if you rub it in an open wound.
Salt can make you thirsty. Salt pills used to be the cure-all for sports-related cramps. Then came Gatorade.
Of all of these, I think being the salt of the earth is to be the God seasoning of the planet. People should taste the goodness of God when they encounter us.
And then there is light. Light and darkness are common themes in the Bible.
Isaiah said that light was coming. John said that the light had come. Jesus said he was the light. Now he tells us that we are the light. We are to be light in this world.
When we profess Jesus as Lord, his light should emanate from within us. Unless we cover up the light, but who would do that?
What’s the point of having light and not letting it shine?
What’s the point of salt that is not salty?
Why would anyone want either of these? Salt that has lost its saltiness should not even exist. A light that is brought into a room and then covered so as not to illuminate the room makes no sense.
You are the salt of the earth. You are the light of the world.
Do not deny who you are by how you live.
Be the salt of the earth. Be the light of the world.