You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt has lost its taste (purpose), how can it be made salty? It is no longer good for anything, but to be thrown out and walked on by people. You are the light of Christ to the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden; nor does anyone 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 shine before men in such a way that they may see your good deeds and moral excellence, and recognize and honor and glorify your Father who is in heaven.
Jesus in the middle of His sermon on the mount included different parables. He breaks up His powerful message about who we are and how we should live as followers of Christ with stories, analogies and pictures so that we might understand the significance of who we are.
Jesus leaves no room for guessing who and what we are in Him. He begins with the words, "You are." He didn't say "one day you will become" or "once you reach a certain spiritual enlightenment.” He simply said, "you are." Anyone who is in Christ Jesus is a new creation. Anyone who puts their trust and faith in Him is salt and light. It is not reserved for the super spiritual or the highly religious, it is simply a reality for all those in Christ.
It is so easy to attach our identity, our purpose, our security, our value on this earth to things that can never offer us what we are looking for. Jesus in these two verses of scripture gives us many things. He gives us identity—”You are.” He gives us purpose—to be the salt and light in the earth. He gives us value in that we are to shine and be salt.
But what does it mean to be salt and light? As we come to a close in our Human series, together let’s unpack what Jesus means so that we might be humans who are fully alive as the salt and light in this world.
// Pastor Josh Kelsey