Matthew 5:13-16 NKJV
“You are the salt of the earth, but if the salt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men. You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.”
I. SALT OF THE EARTH
Matthew 5:13 NKJV
“You are the salt of the earth, but if the salt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men.”
In Israel some salt was mixed with other ingredients. When the salt was exposed to (mixed with) these other things, the salt would loose its flavor over time. When this happened the salt was no longer good for (fit for) its intended purpose. It would be thrown out. Many times it was used for coating pathways. As Christians, we are to be the salt of the earth. Like salt, purity (not being mixed with anything) helps us to maintain our flavor. When mixed with the things of the world we loose our flavor and are no longer good for what we were intended for. According to the above verse, when we loose our flavor we are good for nothing. God is serious about our purity and commitment.
Luke 9:62 NKJV
“But Jesus said to him, ‘No one, having put his hand to the plow, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.”
Salt is a white substance used for seasoning and preserving. Pure salt maintains its flavor. We are to be a seasoning and a preservative for a lost world. There should be something in each one of us that God can use to “season” each other and to preserve the lost.
A. Seasoning –
A seasoning is something that gives a better flavor (makes better). It is also something that gives interest or character. Salt gives liveliness (full of life and spirit, active, vigorous, exciting, bright, vivid, and cheerful). As the salt of the earth we should affect those around us in a positive way. We should stir up (provoke) good in others – good works and good behavior.
Hebrews 10:24-25 NKJV
“And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.”
B. Preservative –
Preserve is to keep from harm or change, to keep safe, to protect, to keep up, to maintain, keep from spoiling.
Psalm 36:6 NKJV
“Your righteousness is like the great mountains; Your judgments are a great deep; O Lord, You preserve man and beast.”
Psalm 121 NKJV
“I will lift up my eyes to the hills –
From whence comes my help?
My help comes from the Lord,
Who made heaven and earth.
He will not allow your foot to be moved;
He who keep you will not slumber.
Behold, He who keeps Israel
Shall neither slumber nor sleep.
The Lord is your keeper;
The Lord is your shade at your right hand.
The sun shall not strike you by day,
Nor the moon by night.
The Lord shall preserve you from all evil;
He shall preserve your soul.
The Lord shall preserve your going out and your coming in.
From this time forth, and even forevermore.”
As Christians we have been preserved from the things of this world (evil) and from the things to come (the wrath of God, tribulation, judgment).
Revelation 3:10 NKJV
‘Because you have kept My command to persevere, I also will keep you from the hour of trial which shall come upon the whole world, to test those who dwell on the earth.”
Should we not desire for others to be preserved also? It is our responsibility to let others know how they too can be saved. When we invest our lives in advancing the kingdom of God we will be rewarded.
II. LIGHT OF THE WORLD
Light is a brightness that enables us to see. Light brings understanding or shows the way.
Matthew 5:14 NKJV
“You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden.”
Without light we have no way of seeing in the dark. Without the light of Jesus Christ the world has no way of “seeing” in this dark (sinful) world. We are to be the light of the world.
Colossians 1:12 NKJV
“…giving thanks to the Father who has qualified us to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in the light.”
With every inheritance comes responsibilities. Christians have a responsibility to be a light everywhere they go and in everything they do.
Philippians 2:14-15 NKJV
“Do all things without complaining and disputing, that you may become blameless and harmless, children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world.”
The light within us (the light of Christ) should penetrate the spiritual darkness around us. We do not have any light of our own. We are the reflective light of Jesus Christ. As we behold the glory of the Lord, we reflect it. We are the light of the world as long as we reflect Jesus Christ.
We must make sure that nothing comes between us and the light of Jesus Christ.
III. LIGHT TO THE HOUSE
Not only are we to be a light to the lost in a dark world, we are to be a light to those in the house also.
Matthew 5:15 NKJV
“Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house.”
Light indicates deliverance from darkness. Each Christian has been delivered from darkness. Each one has a testimony and they should be ready to give it. We should never hide what God has done for us. Other Christians are encouraged by our testimonies. The Bible tells us that we overcome by the blood of the Lamb and the word of our testimony. Just because a person is a Christian it does not mean that they will not struggle with things. What God has delivered you from can help someone else that is faced with the same thing. Your deliverance can be light to someone else.
Matthew 5:16 NKJV
“Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.”
Everything we do and say should point people to God. When people look at us they should not see us (fleshly man), they should see Jesus living in us. Just as salt in the natural realm will make a person thirsty, salt in the spiritual realm will make a person thirsty for the living water (the Word of God, Jesus Christ). There are people watching each and everyone of us. May what they see be the salt and the light that they need to created a hunger for God and the things of God.