God challenges His Church today to be salt and light. In Matthew 5:13-14 Jesus makes two penetrating statements about Christians: You are the salt of the earth and You are the light of the world. Jesus gave us our perfect mission statement in these two short sentences. Our Lord is saying that Christians are the only people in this world who can preserve the good (our function as salt) and have the understanding to help in those areas that matter the most (our function as light).
For Jesus to use the word salt to describe one of the key functions of a Christian is amazing. Only the wisdom of God could have known what we do today about salt. It is one of the most stable compounds on Earth. On its own, it will not lose its saltiness. Salt becomes ineffective only when it becomes contaminated. This occurs if it is mixed or diluted with some other material or chemical.
To not lose its effectiveness, salt has to remain essentially different from the medium in which it is placed. When kept in a pure condition, it only takes a small amount of salt to accomplish the purpose of adding flavor or acting as a preservative. If God’s people remain in a pure state, it will only take a few of us to make a major difference.
But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything (Matthew 5:13). There is a principle of life that Jesus is teaching. If Christians assimilate something other than the purity of God’s Word, we face a great danger of becoming contaminated. Our influence in this world will only happen if we are distinctively different. “What does a believer have in common with an unbeliever? What agreement is there between the temple of God and idols? For we are the temple of the living God. As God has said: ‘I will live with them and walk among them, and I will be their God, and they will be my people.’ ‘Therefore come out from them and separate, says the Lord. Touch no unclean thing, and I will receive you’” (2 Corinthians 6:15-17). Mixing the standards of the world causes Christians to become contaminated and lose their “saltiness.” It is vital to our mission that we understand what being “the salt of the earth” entails. We must be a preserver of the good.Tags: beast, businessman, Christian America, Christian principles, Christian school, Christianity, Christians in America, commitment, country, family, God's will, godless society, helpmate, Kenya, manufacturing, missions, Nairobi, obedient, obedient to God's will, patriotic, raising godly children, retreat, retreat center, Revelation, Revelation 13, Scripture, spiritual warfare, wisdom