Daily Devotion Thursday August 31, 2017
“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.
Soon after the eight sayings of blessedness, also called the beatitudes; Jesus started an exposition on various topics. Unlike the leaders of the Pharisees and other Jewish sect, his teachings were unique in that: “he taught with real authority—quite unlike their teachers of religious law” (Matthew 7:29 NLT). The sermon on the mount clearly demonstrate Jesus’ unique teaching with authority. After the beatitudes, the Lord Jesus tells his followers what they are called to be in this world—Salt and Light of the World. He says;
13 “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. 14 “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. (Matthew 5:13-16).
This afternoon while waiting for a connecting flight to Entebbe from Addis Ababa International Airport, I ordered grilled Nile Peach with French fries to fill my stomach. The grilled fish looked yummy that I salivated at its first sight. But the fish was not a tasty as it looked because it was grilled with salt. Even when I grabbed the saltshaker to salt it, the fish wasn’t any sweeter than it would be had it been spiced with salt before it was grilled.
Light and salt are two things that we can hardly do without. The former provides us with better vision in order to do our daily routines. Most importantly, light—especially sunlight is an important resource through which plants make food on which billions of the earth’s inhabitants survive. Without light, there hardly can be any life.
Similarly, the latter is very important. Salt is used to spice up food, it adds taste to the food we eat in addition to the minerals it contains that our bodies need. Salt is also a preservative. I have grown and continue to live in an environment where freezers are very luxurious and, even if they were cheap, there isn’t a consistent power to run them in homes. So it is common to preserve fish and meat using salt in my locality. More so, places that experience winter use salt to melt away the ice on the roads such that tyres of automobiles can have good grips on the road.
Salt and light have several uses than I have outlined above. When the Lord Jesus says his disciples are salt and light of the world, we can already imagine how much this means. By these words, Jesus shows clearly to his disciples that they wouldn’t merely be like the Pharisees and their disciples but disciples who will cause effect in their respective worlds. Jesus calls his disciples to a righteousness that surpasses the one of the Pharisees. John Stott writes;
“Christian righteousness is greater than the pharisaic righteousness because it is deeper. It is righteousness of the heart, a righteousness not of words and deeds only, but especially of thoughts and motives” (John Stott)
We are called to a righteousness that should be able to make the world come to terms with God. Our Christian living must make sense to the world, just as light and salt makes sense to it. The Lord Jesus warns us of not losing our saltiness or allowing our light to be placed under a table. This secular, postmodern world needs believers whose saltiness cannot be overshadowed by the values of the world, believers whose light will strike through this dark world. This is our Christian calling, to be salt and light of the world. So, keep your saltiness and let your light so shine to let as many as possible see Christ and come to a relationship with him for the glory of God our heavenly Father. Amen!
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