As we continue our series on the Sermon on the Mount this Sunday, we hear Jesus describe in vivid and inspiring detail the nature and character of the Christian life. He calls us the “salt of the earth” and the “light of the world” – images that are at once both wonderfully affirming and profoundly challenging. On the one hand, to be told that we are salt and light means that we are treasured by God and have a unique purpose in the world. Like salt that gives flavor to food, like light that illuminates and reveals and inspires, we are created with distinctive qualities that are essential to the life of the world around us. In calling us salt and light, Jesus is calling us both good and good for something.
But merely being salt does not necessarily mean that we’ve actually flavored anything; likewise, a light bulb is rather useless if we’ve failed to flip the switch in the darkness. Being good, and being good for something, are two different things.
This Sunday Jesus tells us not only who we are, but what we are to do with our lives: to be the kind of seasoning that brings out the God-flavors of the earth, to shine in a way that brings out the God-colors of the world. It can sound like such a big job, but bear in mind that just a dash of salt can change an entire meal, and even a single flame can light a thousand candles.
See you Sunday,