5 June 2015


(Matthew 5:13-16)

A Bible passage that is used quite frequently is found in Matthew 5, but the analogy of us (Christians) being “Salt and Light”, what does it mean?

What Jesus is saying in this parable is that we are shining God’s light in places of the world where the Devil’s darkness prevails. Jesus is referred to in        John 8:12 as the “Light of the world”, and as we are called to be like him, that means being a light to the world. This may sound very confusing, but what this passage is trying to say to us is that we must be different from other people. He uses Salt and Light as his examples because if you put lots of salt on food, you can taste the difference, right? Same with light, if you are in a dark room, and then someone turns the light on, then you will notice that as well. Jesus wants people to see something different in us, so that they will want to be more like us. Therefore, if we have God’s light in us, then we can go out and shine a light that will guide people on the path to God!

One thing though, is that this verse does not mean that we are wasting our time with other Christians, or lights. Although your light won’t be so noticeable amongst other lights, you can learn from even brighter lights, so that your lights will become brighter, and then you can also help others who are weaker in their faith.
 Also if you are like a well, and lots of people are drawing water from you, then you will eventually run dry, so make sure you regularly refill from the well of all living water, Jesus Christ.

     “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.
 ‘You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. 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. In the same- way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven”