We are called to be salt and light in the world.
“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill can not be hidden”. Matthew chapter 5 verse 14
What does it mean to be salt and light?
As a follower of Jesus, we shine a light onto the very nature of God, how He acts and how He thinks. We should be the revelation light of God, His love letter to the world around us. We represent Christ to the lost, broken and hurting people around us. We preserve his very nature in the world.
When it is dark you look to the light. You look to the light so that you can see your way through the darkness, so that you do not stumble or fall. The light reveals the beauty that surrounds you, beauty that the darkness tries to hide away and cover. Light is like sunshine, it warms the body, heals the soul and clears the mind. To a child light is security, it chases away the bad things hiding in the closets or under the beds.
We are called to be light, so when darkness surrounds – when there is sickness, family breakdowns, lack of money, disaster after disaster – when it is dark people look to the light. When they look to you do they see the very nature of God? Do they see His love, His grace and His mercy? Do you hold out a hand so they do not stumble and fall? Do you help to reveal the beauty that is inside of them? Do you provide nourishment for their body, their mind and their souls? Are you preserving His very nature in the world?
To see our cities rebuilt, transformed we need to be salt and light. We need to be the very nature of God. His love letter to those who surround us.