Salt and Light

“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 by men” (Matthew 5:13)

“Pass the salt, please.” How many times have you said that? Salt can be used for many things. In Jesus’ day it was mainly used as a preservative. But salt today is mainly used by us as a flavoring.
Why does Jesus call you and me salt? It would be pointless to put un-salty salt on food. Salt gives flavor. Salt makes things taste good. Our lives as Christians are to bring joy and peace and light to our sinfully decaying and dark world.
How are you doing this week? Are you flavoring the lives of those around you? Do you bring joy and grace to your family? Do you have an attitude that says, “How can I make my workplace, marriage, family, church the best possible place?” Or, do you have an attitude of, “How can I best serve myself, enhance myself in this situation?”
Jesus’ words are biting, aren’t they? You know your life and I know mine. My life has way too often resembled “unsalty” salt to those around me. I, too, ought to be thrown out and trampled. You too?
But I won’t be. And neither will you. Because Jesus wasn’t just thrown out and trampled, He was crucified for all your selfishness and mine, for all your joylessness and mine, for all your negativity and mine, for all your complaining and mine. In Jesus, your sins are forgiven in full! In Jesus, you are filled with grace and joy!
So be salt. Be salt today as you live with joy and peace. Be salt as you flavor your relationships at home, work, and church. Be salt and ask yourself how you can make every place and situation you are in the best possible with your grace-filled attitude and actions.
Salted with grace to be salt, just like you,
pastor