Salt and Light


Ruth 1:15-22; 2 Cor. 1:12-22; Matt. 5:13-20

The reading in Matthew deals with salt and light.  “You are the salt of the earth; but if salt has lost its taste, how can its saltiness be restored?”

I recently sat with some of our children at church with a variety of salt products talking about this very passage – a salt shaker, a big box of Kosher salt – and we talked about all the different things we could do with salt.  The children reminded me I could put it on the sidewalks to melt some ice.  But more importantly we could put it on popcorn and make it taste really good!  One also remembered Sea Salt Caramels.  My kinda girl!

Of course, talk of salt meant life.  It’s primary purpose was not particularly to season food, although that was a wonderful secondary aftereffect.  Salt was needed to preserve food.  Without salt, just like without water, a community could die.

If we are salt and light, that means that we are essential ingredients for God at work in this world.  He is counting on us!  He wants us not to just shine our light before others, but to give flavor to life.

This is all wrapped up in Jesus understanding of  “law”, for we are not to just selfishly follow all the laws, but to live in a way that loves neighbor as we love ourselves.  This outward way of living transforms, changes, and preserves the life that has been given to us.

May you live this day as salty as you can!



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