Firstly by thinking about salt and secondly about – you guessed it – light. The salt could lose its saltiness. And this is why we do what we do, that Christ would be the focus of those on whom we shine our light and sprinkle our salt. One is to season, and the other is to preserve. "Salt and Light" is a part of the Sermon on the Mount series. Let's examine the implications of the image of salt and light. The Salt Of The Earth. I can’t imagine French fries without salt and I would never live in Barrow, Alaska where the sun doesn’t shine for six months in the winter. With a touch of grudging admiration, a local Communist Party official said, “He has earned the right to speak.”. Obeying the Commandments, 1 John 2 3. He’s decided he’s going to give up his post as a school governor in order to concentrate on the more important things – like his church work.”. as a pastor he was taught how to make people busy working in the churches. If the Sermon on the Mount is where we learn to be disciples before the watching world, as I argued in my introduction last week, then salt and light are prime examples of this. (Verse 13b). Matthew 5:13-16 (Salt and Light) INTRODUCTION: We are studying the Sermon on the Mount, and today we come to the part where Jesus calls us the salt of the earth and the light of the world. Salt and light are natural in life; they’re needed and welcomed. If you have your Bibles, I would invite you to turn with me to Daniel, chapter 2. (Verse 13b). What this means is what we’ve already talked about; we naturally salt the earth and light the world. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. In the Roman market place salt was even used at times as money and without electricity light was a valuable asset at night. Nor do we salt the earth and shine our light that we somehow obtain God’s favor and forgiveness. But just like popcorn isn’t good with salt, and just like a parking lot is dangerous without lights, our society isn’t any good without salt or light. Make a difference for the glory of God. When I reflect on the voluntary work I do in our community not directly related to our church – namely, working at an op shop (fundraising for our nursing home) and tutoring an African refugee – I can show God’s love to the people I’m working with, inadequate as I am. Because we’re saved, we shine our light and we salt the earth as we live out our daily vocations. It is a dark, drab world obsessed with and immersed in sin, and it desperately needs the salt and light that is Christ Jesus. He quotes American pastor Tim Keller, who says that. Introduction: God refers to believers as the “salt” and “light.” Too many Christians fail to appropriate the benefits, privileges, and responsibilities of being salt and light. Not only do we live our faith while the world is watching – as if we were actors in a TV show being viewed by others – we live our faith with those people and towards the world. Pastor John Pavlovitz wrote an article on why he is a Christian – or as he puts it, why I am still a Christian. There is almost no greater disappointment than unflavored food! It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot. February 5, 2017. Followers of Jesus, commit today to live as salt and light. It is our witness, whether good or bad. In the final beatitude, Jesus described the attitude the world would often display towards the citizens of the kingdom (10-12) 3. what do churches have to do in order to reach the missing young adults in their twenties and thirties, London Institute for Contemporary Christianity. The salt of the earth and the light of the world. One day, I was talking with his wife about the pressures he was under. Sermon by J. Ligon Duncan on December 7, 1997. That is, when Jesus calls us the salt of the earth and the light of the world, he is telling us we live as disciples for the blessing of the world. Musings of an evangelical Methodist minister. Jesus says that salt without the saltiness, disciples who don’t influence the world for good, is, no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot. Jesus says, “You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? This isn’t easy, not at all, in fact it can feel impossible, but it’s what we do. And that’s where we come in. But it might well be part of their journey to faith in Christ themselves. Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. We don’t need to earn those because Christ has done all that is necessary that we would be forgiven. We are more concerned with filling church jobs than with encouraging people into character-building witness opportunities where they are the salt of the earth. We have neighbourhoods, villages, towns and institutions that need the love of Christ. Part 3. It’s the Only Light; In both of these statements– you are the salt of the earth, and you are the light of the world– the language here is emphatic, it can also be translated “You are the only salt of the earth. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. The world is a dark and fallen place that desperately needs to be changed. No: Jesus calls us to see the church as the people of God gathering to edify one another and strengthen each other for witness in the world. (Verses 14-16). It is a dark, drab world obsessed with and immersed in sin, and it desperately needs the salt and light … “Yes,” she said, “we’ve had some conversations about that. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house.”  Like a city set on a hill, we want the people of this world to focus on us as members of a place of refuge. Jul 26, 2020. Now the peace which surpasses all understanding keep your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. Jul 19, 2020 | Albert Tate. In the same way, let your light shine before men that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven." So let’s pause and consider the problems here. Jesus says, “In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.”  We salt the earth not that we would be praised, but that God would be praised. How am I going to do it? We’re blessed with the righteousness of Christ because through faith we hunger and thirst for it. We can’t help it, we just do it. Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? You may go through university, leave home, start a job, begin paying a mortgage, get married, have children and so on. Matthew 5:13 (NLT) "You are the salt of the earth. Just think for a moment about the sin that you see around you daily. Click here to return to the Sermons page. You are forgiven for failing to be faithful in your vocations. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? What a tragedy this is! And as Christians we’re different than others. There’s just one problem with all these views. He is concerned about his disciples not being the salt of the earth, not influencing society for good – whatever that entails: But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? I read an article on Friday by Krish Kandiah, who holds a senior position with the Evangelical Alliance. Sermon: "Salt and Light" It seems to me that as Christians, we are called to enact a tremendous balancing act as we go through life. Phil explored what it means today for Memorial Road to be salt and light in our own community. Now, light is an external quality that enables one to see. Glad to know the words are helping. One of the problems he cited as making the church unattractive to people in that age range was the disconnect between Sunday and Monday. Jesus doesn’t ascribe to any of them. Or, to put it another way, someone has put it like this. Four world-renowned communicators who bring life-changing messages to... Jul 19, 2020. These two examples Jesus uses may seem insignificant now, but in the first century salt and light was very valuable. And while we might think we affirm the importance of being salt and light, I want to say this morning that we pay lip service to it, and the way we run our churches often undermines this essential Christian task. (Matthew 4:19) Then, in the Sermon on the Mount, he used the illustrations of salt and light. Before refrigeration salt was used to preserve food, especially meat. Light shines for hours every day and when the sun goes down, we simply flip a switch to light our homes. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Phil preached about salt and light from Matthew 5 for our series “The Vision of Jesus.” He explained why Jesus might have picked these two metaphors from among other choices to describe His people. He has campaigned against multinational companies that have exploited their workers in these lands, and he has taken groups of Christians from the United States on mission trips there. Those who have read my sermons here in recent years may recognise one or two things I’ve quoted before, but they get a repeat here for a new church! A vocation is where God has put you in this world. Because you then have a new and loving relationship with God, you have a new relationship with those around you. Our witness is about both our words and our deeds. Can you imagine living in a world that doesn’t have salt or light? Jesus was implying we ought to be a different kind of people. Your words are helping at a most difficult time. Salt is a unique chemical compound. We are called to be the salt and light of the world. Just as salt is salty and just as a light bulb gives off light, we naturally exhibit the characteristics of being a Christian. We have neighbours whom we can love in the name of Christ. When Christians decide to be salt and light, the world pays close attention to what we say and do. These two examples Jesus uses may seem insignificant now, but in the first century salt and light was very valuable. We are salt and light by virtue of being disciples of Jesus. The Church stands alone from everything else in the world offering true hope and true peace to a world that knows neither hope nor peace. We are called to be the salt and light of the world. We sin, we fail to shine our lights, and we don’t sprinkle our salt, so every day we need to remember that Christ is for us too. Salt and light are natural in life; they’re needed and welcomed. We’re blessed because we come before God humbly confessing our sins. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. Last week we commented on the context of the book of Daniel. She was surprised when I suggested that his church work might not be the most important thing he did. In the same way, we don’t hide the light that is in us. Click here for more messages from The Sermon on the Mount series. Can you make it useful again? Grace, mercy, and peace from God our Father and from our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot. In particular, he tells a story about a Christian doctor who went out to one of these nations – I think it was the Dominican Republic. Jesus says we can do it for a different motive: ‘that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.’ Isn’t that what we want? Some will tell you that salt is a preservative, and so Christian involvement in the world is about preventing moral degradation in society. We are to be salt and light! It was always hard to get hold of him by phone or email, because he was so busy. The question is what makes us different from the rest of the worl… A seemingly impossible riddle that just might bring me greater enlightenment […] We want them to know the joy that comes from being the salt of Christ, we want them to experience the power of forgiveness that makes them shine. To face such major challenges requires a lot of energy, and this shows itself in other ways. We do all that we do, we shine our lights and we season the world with our salt because we know that it is all about what Christ has done for this fallen world – starting with us! This might be an argument for Christian involvement in politics, even for having bishops in the House of Lords. Then there are those who point to the use of salt in Old Testament texts about sacrifice or about God’s covenant.[1]. Loving the Family, 1 John 3 2. We love our family and friends and that’s why we share the Gospel with them. Post was not sent - check your email addresses! The salt of the earth. Now keep in mind that just like you can overdo the salt, you can be too hard on people. In both cases, both the salt and the light, there is to be an impact. We do good works, we help those around us, we share the love of Christ not so others say what good people we are, but so that they would say how good God is. Often such people are ones who want to see the world changed for the better. 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