Salt and Light

Matthew 5:13-16, “You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored?  It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people’s feet.  You are the light of the world.  A city set on a hill cannot be hidden.  Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house.  In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.”

I don’t know about you, but I need to be reminded that I am supposed to be salt and light in the world.  Others are supposed to look at me and give glory to God.  That does not always happen.  Many times I fail and am not salt and light like I should be.  Many times life can be discouraging and get us down and we are not the best examples of salt and light.

It is at those times we can remember that light has come into the world through Jesus Christ.  The only reason we even can attempt to be salt and light to others around us is the example that came to us through Christ.

John 1:4-5, “In him was life, and the life was the light of men.  The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.”

You and I, as believers in Christ, have hope today because light has come into the world.  As we looked at Genesis 3 last Sunday morning we saw how dark and hopeless sin is.  We now have hope.  Not just a hope promised, but a hope realized because Jesus Christ has come in the flesh.  Hope for all who would believe.

Certain days and times may get discouraging from a worldly perspective, but as I think of Jesus Christ, God of God, Light of Light, very God of very God, I am encouraged more and more to strive to be salt and light to those around me so that they too may have hope.  My desire for Christmas is that others might see salt and light in me and that they may know my Savior.  For it is Christ  that is my hope of glory.