Jesus Teaches Us How To ______ | Part 5: How to Be Salt and Light
August 25, 2020
August 25, 2020
“You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt should lose its taste, how can it be made salty? It’s no longer good for anything but to be thrown out and trampled under people’s feet. “You are the light of the world. A city situated on a hill cannot be hidden. No one lights a lamp and puts it under a basket, but rather on a lampstand, and it gives light for all who are 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. (Matthew 5:13-16)
In the times of Jesus, salt was far more than a flavoring agent. Salt was a preservative. Salt slowed down the inevitable decay of meat; salt was one of the most powerful agents known to man.
And so it is with His Church. Jesus wants us to slow down the inevitable decay of humanity.
John Stott said, “God intends the most powerful of all restraints within sinful society to be His own redeemed, regenerate and righteous people.”
The German pastor Helmut Thielicke said: ‘Jesus of course did not say ‘You are the honey of the world.’ He said, ‘You are the salt of the earth.’ Salt bites, and the unadulterated message of the judgment and grace of God has always been a biting thing.’ (quoted from Trevin Wax sermon)
Man is everywhere and in everything in outright rebellion against God. It is our job as Christians to slow and restrain the rebellion, and to restrain it in accordance with the will of the Lord.
We are to be salt. We are to be light.
John 9 has an interesting comment by Jesus. Do you remember?
As he was passing by, he saw a man blind from birth. His disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” “Neither this man nor his parents sinned,” Jesus answered. “This came about so that God’s works might be displayed in him. We must do the works of him who sent me while it is day. Night is coming when no one can work. As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.” (John 9:1-5)
Did you catch that? Jesus told us that while He was here, He was the light of the world.
You do know that He left that job to us, right?
“The followers are a visible community; their discipleship visible in action which lifts them out of the world—otherwise it would not be discipleship. And of course, the following is as visible to the world as a light in the darkness or a mountain rising from a plain. Flight into the invisible is a denial of the call. A community of Jesus which seeks to hide itself has ceased to follow Him.” – Dietrich Bonhoeffer
Do you know how to be salt and light?
Kevin is a Pastor at Blackman Baptist Church.