What did Jesus say about salt and light? In modern times, Christians frequently use the phrase “salt and light“.
And, many pastors quote it during baptism services.
But, what does it really mean to be the salt of the earth and a light to the world?
In this Bible study lesson from Matthew 5 we learn what Jesus says about salt and light.
Let’s see what Scripture says ..
Salt and Light According to Christ – What Did Jesus Say about Salt and Light?
“You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt has become tasteless, how can it be made salty again?
It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled under foot by men.
“You are the light of the world.
A city set on a hill cannot be hidden; nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house.
Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.” – Matthew 5:13-16 NASB
The Salt Of The Earth – The Light Of The World
“This Little Light of Mine – I’m Gonna’ Let It Shine ..”
Remember this song from childhood?
This is the subject of today’s lesson as Jesus proclaims his followers to be the “salt of the earth”.
But what exactly does this mean to us?
A Quick Cooking Lesson
If you’ve ever made a mistake and added too much salt on your meal you know the meaning of the first verses here.
Truthfully, a little bit of salt goes a long way just as a little bit of Christian behavior goes a long way to those observing it.
Not Enough Salt?
But, what about outdated salt which has lost all flavor?
Sadly, that seasoning is pretty much worthless and of no use to anyone.
Good salt, like good Christians, brings food to life and adds flavor which the meal would have never known otherwise.
Worthless Meal – Worthless to God
We both know, a salt-less dish is bland and tasteless.
And, a Christian who makes no effort to spread the good news about Jesus Christ — pretty much worthless to God.
So, we need to take care not to blend too much into the world and worldly things.
In fact, others should see us as a seasoning who brings joy and helps others to see the benefits of knowing Jesus, not just one more person in the crowd.
The Light Of The World
Following the same example as above, we should let our little lights shine (just as the song goes) and not hide or dim it.
But, how do we do this in a dying and unbelieving world? One way is by example.
There are ways of living in our everyday life that we as Christians, dim — or maybe even extinguish our light to keep others from seeing it.
- Not speaking out when we should
- Going along with the rest of the world
- Or, dimming our light by actually participating in the sin around us.
But, most importantly and probably the worst of all, we shut off our light with apathy — not caring about other people.
We ignore their needs.
And, we’re not telling them about the light of Jesus Christ when they reach out to us.
We Can Do Better
I’m not here today to beat you up about this (I’m too busy beating myself up).
But, I want to make you aware of this short passage in Matthew, given to us by our Lord which has made a huge impact on the world.
When Opportunity Knocks — We’ll Shine Our Christian Light
Firstly, we don’t have to stand on a street corner, waving out Bibles talking about the “condemned”.
But, we can make it a point to seize the next opportunity to show other people our light by showing the way to Jesus Christ — either by our words or our actions.
1 Peter 3:15 says:
“..but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, but with gentleness and respect”
The key words in the verse above are “gentleness” and “respect“.
And, in 1 Corinthians 13:13 Paul puts the greatest emphasis on love.
Personally, I believe sharing love is the best way to show who we are — Christians.
Remember, a little salt and a little light goes a long way!
Love in Christ
If you would like to know more about the love and life-changing experience of Jesus Christ, please take a moment and go to John 3:16 for information.
Thank you for taking the time to learn more about the Bible and Christ. This passage from Matthew sharing the meaning of salt and light is an inspiration to all of us. Have a blessed day!