Christians as salt and light (Matthew 5:13-16)

Jesus in using the illustrations of salt and light reveals that his followers will influence society. He reminds them of their responsibility not to spoil or hide their influence. They are the instruments that he will use to bring change.

Salt is small in size, but its influence far exceeds its size. A Christian may say to himself that he is unlikely to have much influence. When he thinks like that, he should recall that Jesus enables him to function as salt. And he does this by having the character listed in the Beatitudes.

Light is effortless in its influence. While a lot of work goes on to produce light, say in a house having electricity, once the work has been done the light shines. The background work has been done in the life of a Christian once he comes to know Jesus. He has become a new creature and the Holy Spirit is sanctifying him, enabling him to become a person marked by the Beatitudes. Jesus commands his disciples to ‘let their light shine’ – ‘let’ is not usually a problem activity.

When Christians are salt and light, there will be a certain outcome, one that is very challenging. The Saviour affirms that when others see it, they will ‘give glory to your Father who is in heaven.’ A life expressing the Beatitudes has an effect. When I reflect on the Christians who had an effect on me before I was converted, I recall that they were marked by the features listed in the Beatitudes.

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