WEEK 7: Salt and Light


“You are the salt of the earth ... You are the light of the world…” (Matthew 5:13-14, ESV 2011)

In the way that salt is used to preserve and make food tastier, Jesus wanted His followers to act as ‘preserving’ and ‘flavouring’ agents in this constantly decaying and tasteless world. In the way that light chases away darkness and makes places pleasant and habitable, God meant for Christians to be light in this dark, corrupt and sinful world.

Since the days of Christ, God has used many Christians as salt and light in the world: working in the fields of democracy, healthcare and education, and fighting for the equality and freedom of all men. God used Christians like William Wilberforce to fight against the slave trade. He used Christians like George Muller to establish orphanages and care for abandoned children. He used Christians like Corrie Ten Boom to protect and shelter Jews from the Nazis during WWII. Today, God is using many Christians to shelter and provide for Syrian war victims.

What is your role in God’s work? Where does God wants you to be salt and light?

Father God, use me as salt and light in this dark and bitter world. Use me to preserve what is good and pleasant and to fight against what is evil. Amen.