A Lesson from Jesus

Matthew 5:13-16
“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 [when the walkways are wet and slippery]. “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.

In this piece of Scripture, Jesus provided us the two illustrations of “salt” and “light.” Each of these examples are meant to build upon the other and this is the core of this short message. This lesson is just as important and valid today as it was to Christ and His disciples many years ago. Jesus wanted his followers to be like salt so that people would thirst for more knowledge. By being the “salt,” His disciples should always maintain their character and never change their message or their ways. If they would change their character by compromising to this world, they have truly lost their purpose. Similar to salt losing its taste. By making this statement, Jesus is telling us that our character matters. How we walk, talk, and think matters. The first thing that people notice about us is our character. Are we good and positive people or are we not. This is a very important lesson that we must take to heart as Christians. Whenever we stop living in accordance to God’s Word, we lose our purpose and start to allow the world to influence us because we are no longer working in accordance with God’s purposes for us, and this purpose is to proclaim Christ lived, Christ died, and that Christ concurred death and rose on the third day. However, how will anyone take us seriously if we have no “salt” in our words? Are we leaving people thirsty to know more about Jesus or are the people we are speaking to agreeing with us to shut us up? Maybe, just maybe, the reason why we are not leaving people thirsty for the Gospel is that we need to work on our character and the consistency of our walk with Christ.

Next, Jesus references to His disciples about being the “light.” This “light” means to give people direction, and that every direction should always lead to Jesus Christ. Jesus disciples were to guide and lighten up the path of those they were ministering to. Just like a rescuer with a flashlight helping a bunch of people lost in the dark. However, this part of Jesus’ message goes a little deeper than that. Just as easy as someone with light can guide someone, the light also shows the deeds of the people with it. If we are to light the way for others, don’t expect them not to judge our every action. They will judge our relationships and our works. This is as true then as it is now. Jesus sent out His disciples to live by example and to share the doctrines of His Father. This is why He used these two examples in this message.

The purpose behind my message is simple. If we are truly wanting to carry our cross and follow Jesus, we need to ensure that we the right amount of “salt” and “light” in our lives. Are you a person of good character? Do you walk our your faith instead of simply talking about it? When you talk about Jesus, do people stop what they are doing to listen to your words? Jesus is not saying that you have to be a theologian or hold a Ph.D. In Religion. Jesus is telling us that we need to have good character and live in a manner that brings Him glory. When people see Christ in our lives and they see the fruits of the Spirit in our lives, they want to find out why. They want to find out why you are different. This means that your character cannot waiver. If you are “hot” one day and “cold” the next, your words will not carry any seasoning to make them thirst for more. This also applies to our good deeds. Remember that we should always do the right thing to be rewarded by our Heavenly Father instead of the people around us. When we can do this, we can be powerful and effective. So please, if you feel like your losing your “salt” or “light,” call upon the Holy Spirit to give you the discernment to change and study what the Bible tells you to do. It is that simple.

Now, let us pray. Dear Heavenly Father, I pray that your children never lose their purpose in you. I pray that our character and deeds align with your Word and your Word alone. May the guidance of the Holy Spirit help us be reflective on our lives and our ministry. Father, since we are called to lead the lost by guiding them and the only way we can do this is by living a life of example, I pray that you give us all the strength to do so. In Jesus name, we pray, Amen!

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