Matthew 5:13-17 talks about a how important it is to make sure that we are living Salty Lives and Bright Lights but what does that mean?
Lets start with Salty lives.
“You are the salt of the earth. But if salt loses its flavor, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything. Matthew 5:13
But what does this mean?
In this passage Jesus is comparing us to salt. Jesus tells that we are the we are either good salt or bad salt. When we start out as innocent children we couldn’t be more salty. As we go to live out our lives from children to teenagers to then adults we have the tendency to lose our saltiness and eventually become flavourless. This is what Jesus is telling us to stay away from in this passage. As soon as we become flavones we become no good to the kingdom of God. It’s harsh but it shows the importance of staying salty. It is important to understand what being salty might in tale. To be salty is to be living accoutring to what God requests of us in the Ten Commandments. This is summed up by Jesus in mark “Love God and love others.”
I know it is next to impossible to stay salty throughout our lives but there is a few things that we can do to be as salty as possible.
Step one-Find what is eating up your saltiness.
For me in my own life one thing that I find that takes away from my saltiness is how I act in school. I know it might seem like I would be a good kid in school because of the nature of my articles but this is not entirely true. I know my life could be way more salty if I spent more time focusing on treating my teachers and friends with respect. We have to be able to pinpoint what is stoping us from acting like a Christian (read more in my article here). Once we have found that we can move onto the next step.
Step 2- Repenting.
It is often easy to say that we did something wrong but not always so easy to make corrections to the way we live.
So they (Jesus and his disciples) went out and preached that all should repent. -Mark 6:12
I know that that passage is fairly generic but it gets the point across. If Jesus and his disciples thought it was important enough to go out and tell people to repent it must still be important to do today. The tricky part what we have to work on is staying on the right track after repenting.
Step 3- Ask God for some salt.
This can be the easiest step out of the whole process but at the same time it can be so hard. It is easy to tell God that we are ready to head down the right path. The tricky part is staying on this path, it’s a two way thing. Once you get your salt from God weather it comes as encouragement, faith or hope we have to use it.
So now that we are back to our salty state what is being a bright light supposed to mean to us.
You are the light of the world. A city located on a hill cannot be hidden. People do not light a lamp and put it under a basket but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all in the house. -Matthew 5:14-15
Once again Jesus is making a comparison but this time we are being compared to light. God created us to “light the world” not in a physical sense but in a spiritual one. Jesus is asking us through this passage to not be hiding our faith but that we are making sure that we are not putting ourselves in a position where our relationship with Christ is not visible. I feel that the definition of light can help us to understand this a little more. Light is the natural agent that stimulates sight and makes things visible. We are supposed to be making Christ visible through our words and actions. That is a bright light.
We can not be a bright light unless we are salty. We must be as salty as possible and shine our lights as far as we can.