13 “You are the [d]salt of the earth; but if the salt has [e]lost its taste (purpose), how can it be made salty? It is no longer good for anything, but to be thrown out and walked on by people [when the walkways are wet and slippery].
14 “You are the light of [Christ to] the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden; 15 nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lamp stand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. 16 Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good deeds and moral excellence, and [recognize and honor and] glorify your Father who is in heaven.
The one key word that can sum up these scriptures is “Influence”
Salt and light influence their surroundings. They don’t change but the environment changes when they show up. It matters not what quantities they are, a grain of salt on your tongue will make your mouth salty and a fire fly will still glow no matter the thickness of the darkness.
In case you did not know it, our Father in heaven is in the people business and so are we His children. In the midst of a corrupted world we are to remain salty and not allow the influence of what is around us to sip into us. We are not to react to issues the way the world reacts to them. When the world is driven by their lusts and emotions, when they are being driven by their selfishness and the flesh, you and I should not be following after them because we are driven by the spirit of God. There should be a distinct difference for all to see in the way we respond to issues and interact with others.
In the midst of all the darkness we should be shinning our light for all to see. We are to let our light shine before men that they may see our good works and in turn give glory to our father who is in heaven.
We have been called to influence. We have not been called to blend in and be undercover Christian agents! We stick out like a sore thumb because we are different! We are being transformed daily making it hard to blend into this world.
Our conversations, our values, what we stand for and how we relate to and treat others and what we do for them is what should distinguish us from the rest, it is what brings the light and saltiness in the environments God has planted us. Our homes, offices, schools, businesses, our teams, even prison or wherever we are and the grounds God has placed us in to be an influence, so my dear friend;
“Turn on the lights and pass the salt!”…… who are you influencing for God?