Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men. Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.__ Matthew 5:13-16
I can’t speak of light without its contrast, darkness. I grew up spending time with a grandmother who insisted that the evils of the world occurred in darkness. The flicker of that street light was louder than any clanging bell. That is probably when I first learned to run ahead of the sun, like Elijah ran ahead of the chariots of King Ahaz (1 Kings 18:46) lol But there was wisdom in her rule. Whether the darkness is natural or “man-u-factured“ ( i.e. covering a bird’s cage with a dark cloth), evil thrives in obscurity. Evil lives in the gray; in the mixing of truth with lies = deception.
If I had to recount the times that I have had the most conflict with other human beings, I would have to say that it was when I simply stood up for or just represented the light. I did not convert my Bible to a soapbox and tell everyone about my beliefs or “about themselves.” I simply chose not to compromise or refused to “go along to get along.” I take no pride in being an outcast, because God has strengthened me to endure the rejection of others.
Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.__ Matthew 5:11
Our lives, in Christ are guiding lights for a hurting world. We are like God’s stars sprinkled in the heavens, brightly twinkling amidst the darkness of space, to be seen by all from millions of miles away.
Jesus said that we are the salt of the earth. Our lives in Christ, should provoke others to thirst for the Living Water that is Christ. We exude a confidence as a by-product of our certain and secured Salvation. We have the playbook of all playbooks—The Word of God. We have the testimonies of our forerunners to encourage us as we walk with God. Our bodies may crave pretzels, chips, peanuts, popcorn because iodine is an essential trace element for a healthy human growth. But our souls are fed by being in a daily relationship with the Creator of the Universe. God seasons our lives with peace and wisdom that is palatable to a hungry world!