Expanded reading: Matthew 4:12-17, on the beginning of Jesus’ ministry
“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. You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on a stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.
Salt has long been a very important compound. It provides enhancement to taste and flavor. It is essential to an otherwise dull and tasteless meal. So valued for bringing out the best taste, it became a widely used trading item with a value connected to its worth. Without taste enhancement salt is worthless and discarded.
God tells us that we are the light of the world. A light provides comfort, direction and ability to travel safely in the dark. God’s children are not to hide but to be seen. Our light needs to shine. To be held up high and allow the light to penetrate the darkness that surrounds us. Turn our light onto others. The light will allow others to observe God’s presence in our lives. Do not be afraid for God desires us to shine. We will project God in our actions and words.
Lord, I hear your words to be observed as different because of you. To become as lights on a hill shining brightly for all to see your presence in my life. I need the courage to shine, the wisdom to speak your words, and the confidence to be seen. To honor and glorify you, dear God, in all I do and say. God, your presence in my life is valued and cherished. Lord, help me to not simply fit into the world and not make any observed difference, for I would be as worthless as tasteless salt. Help me allow others to observe your presence in me. Amen