Matthew 5:14-16, “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden; nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.”
When we’re driving on the highway at night, we see the city lights far off in the distance, and it’s attractive, so we drive towards it. The city is out in the open, easy for all to see, and it is impossible to hide. So must it be with our faith. Jesus died because He was a radical, and He’s still considered a radical today. Let your faith be so radical that it’s easy for all to see and impossible to hide. By this I do not mean public preaching and throwing Christianity in peoples’ faces. What I mean is: honour God’s integrity by opposing ungodliness, taking a risk by trusting God with something that frightens you or something you want control over; go to church, throw away profanity (this is a problem for me)—you get the idea.
When you turn on a lamp, do you proceed to put a sheet over it? Of course not. That’s absurd! Likewise, let your faith shine! It’s absurd to put a sheet over it, covering it in your needless shame and diffidence. Let it shine by how you live and behave so that others may see the light of Christ in you so that they may give glory to the Father.
I had the luxury of a friend inform me that in these biblical times, the people used salted manure as fuel for fires to give off light. So, to be the salt of the earth is to be fuel, which in turn gives off our light we receive from Christ. If you recall from my Salt of the Earth blog, the three elements of being “salty” Christians are:
- Enhancing the faith of believers and unbelievers alike.
- As we witness the Gospel, sting them with the Law but heal them with the Gospel. Notice that when one puts salt on a flesh wound, they don’t put a lot on it. Likewise, when we witness, don’t sting them with a lot of the Law, only a little for what’s necessary, and then give them the remedy of the Gospel for their sins.
- Preserving each other’s faith from spoiling through comfort, encouragement, and fellowship.
Those elements are how we become “salty” Christians and how we in turn fuel the light of Christ within us—shining conspicuously before all men. Paul says it well, “For you were formerly darkness, but now you are the Light in the Lord; walk as children of Light (for the fruit of the Light consists in all goodness and righteousness and truth), trying to learn what is pleasing to the Lord. Do not participate in the unfruitful deeds of darkness, but instead even expose them” (Ephesians 5:8-11). When you light a room, darkness is exposed and it disappears. As we are the Light in the Lord, it is our duty as Christians to expose darkness (sin and evil) by remaining “salty” to maintain our fuel to shine Christ into this dark world.