CALLED TO BE SALT AND LIGHT? MATTHEW 5:13-16
13 “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.
14 “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden.
15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house.
16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.
Matthew as an apostle was referred to as Matthias or Levi. He was a tax collector from Capernaum.
His writing could have been as early as 20 years after Christ ascended. He wrote to the Jewish people in and around Jerusalem and Capernaum. Matthew was most likely the second gospel written. Mark was most likely first.
Matthew is important to us today if we are going to be serious about being disciples of Christ.
The emphasis of 2019 is going to be on discipleship and applying the teachings of Jesus to our daily living.
The Sermon on the Mount, ch 5-7, is about raising the standard of what has been done under the law.When we raise our standards we are in fact becoming and acting as salt and light.
If our church ever hopes to be what God has called us to be, a beacon of salvation in a lost town then we must be salt and light.
SALT AND LIGHT ARE CHANGE AGENTS
Salt changes the flavor of whatever it touches. Salt is a preservative so that it extends the life of food. Salt is sometimes used as a corrosive to clean impurities away.
Jesus says that if salt loses its saltiness it is no good except for traction. The salt that Jesus’ people were using was full of impurities so that it could be contaminated pretty easily.
What good is someone who never acts on their faith, never witnesses, never makes a difference in the life of someone, never does anything with what they claim to have?
Our faith as salt is to change what it touches and preserve the life it is given.
Light is a change agent. It brings life. Try to breathe without it!
Christ teaches us to be light. Make a difference. Shine the truth for the world to see.
Our faith as light is to change what it touches and preserve the life it is given.
SALT AND LIGHT PRESERVE AND EXTEND LIFE.
Without salt people can’t function. Salt and light preserve and extend life.
In Genesis the terrible story of Sodom and Gomorrah is told. A lot of people read about the destruction of the evil cities and compare evil cities of today to them.
There is a lot of bad stuff that goes on every single day right here in Mount Union and Huntingdon Co. We know it. But what are we doing about it?
Are we being salt and light? Are we sharing Jesus with others? Are we even sharing church with others?
When was the last time you had a discussion about spiritual matters with someone other than the people in this room?
When was the last time you prayed over a co-worker or a neighbor or a friend?
How about the friends of your children? How about your boss?
SALT AND LIGHT BRING STABILITY
Science people and medical people will tell you just how handy salt solutions are.Light is the same way. You have to have it to do most anything.
We live in a crazy mixed up world. There are people who are totally nuts. There are also people who are totally oblivious to God.
Not because they want to be but because no one has given them any light.
The world needs the light of Jesus Christ. They need the stability factor of salt and light to bring their craziness and their ignorance of the truth to an end.
Christ said: You are the salt. You are the light. Therefore if this world is going to have two essentials that it needs, salt and light it has to have you.
You have to share your faith or it will not be shared. You have to be the light or nothing will be seen.
Individual Christians who share their faith are the change agents.
Individual Christians are life givers and preservers.
Individual Christians are the ones who bring stability and strength into the lives of others.
When Christ preached this message there was no church body. It is your responsibility and mine to be salt and light. And we are without excuse.