Salt and Light

24 Feb

There is a church near me that hosts a “Salt and Light Festival” every summer. I have attended in the past because they have interesting and inspiring speakers and the public is encouraged to attend for a mere free will offering. The goal of the festival is to bring the community together with a reminder that we as Christians, are supposed to be the salt and light for the world.

13 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.

14 “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”

The passages above taken from the Book of Matthew tell us that if we are going to be noticed in the world as Christians and if our message of Jesus’ love can and will be heard in the world the things we do must matter.

Salt: a savory seasoning– and we all know it can make a difference as a flavoring in foods and as a natural preservative. This suggests to me as a Christian I should “flavor a room.” My words and actions should be noticeable, meaningful and salient ( a root word like salt). People should notice my Christianity.

Light: who doesn’t appreciate light? We love a pretty lamp and how it glows with ambiance in a room. We love the summer days as daylight is available to us in longer stretches of time. Little kids often enjoy the security and special glow of a night light. It’s not that as a Christian I am supposed to be wearing the lampshade at the party, but rather, my message of acceptance, patience, joy and love should be evident to others.

So…I asked myself today, “Have I been the salt and light somewhere in the world lately?”

If so, how so? If not, why not?

And if bringing salt and light to the world is my job as God’s child on earth, how shall I bring messages to savor and images of brightness to this often cold and calculating world ?

Even a tiny dose of salt and light may help out a struggling someone along the way.

How shall I do that today?

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