Jesus said that his followers are salt and light in the world. But what does that mean, exactly?
Salt helps bring out the flavor in food. It’s also used as a preservative, especially when refrigeration isn’t available. In other words, salt prevents decay. It keeps things from wasting away. God wants his followers to keep life fresh and flavorful, and to not let their life waste away. A Christian shouldn't blend into the bland ways of the world but should instead reflect the amazing "flavorful" and vibrant, full life that only Christ can provide. And Jesus-followers must intentionally live for God instead of letting their life go to waste.
Now think about light. Imagine all the ways light affects your life. It helps you see things clearly. It illuminates everything it reaches. It often brings warmth. It exposes things that are lost or hidden. Jesus tells his followers to be light in the world, to live in a way that illuminates what life is really about: truth, love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, and compassion, to name a few things. No matter how dark a room is, even just a small light makes a difference. The same is true of even just one faithful follower of Jesus – that person makes a difference.
To Think About:
What kind of spices do you like to add to certain foods? Why does it taste better?
Who is an example of a person you know who has been “salt” and “light” in your life? How have they done that?
Think about what you will be doing in the next 60 minutes. How could you be “salt and light” to glorify God in your family, community, school, or friend-group?