Salt and Light

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.”
Matthew 5:13-14

 

We are surrounded by a perverse world that every day wants to consume us more and more.  A world that wants to make us partakers of its standards and wants to persuade us that the unpleasant things that happen around us are normal and acceptable.  It is a wicked world that calls "good" things that are bad, and it calls "bad" things that are good. A world where people abandon and sell their principles, ideals, and morals to be in good terms with each other or to preserve an economic benefit or material goods. We live in a world that makes you believe that the bad things you do are normal because the rest of the world is doing them.

In the message of the Gospel we see clearly how Jesus teaches us that we must be the "salt of the earth" and "the light of the world". In short, the Lord is calling us to be the difference.

We not only read this, but we can also see how these words were fulfilled in the way of life that our Lord Jesus Christ led and we can analyze how His life was completely different from that which the rest of the world was used to.

Christ came to give us a model of life that we as Christians now have to follow and put into practice daily. God has called us to be different to show the world that we can live a holy life that pleases Him and that is not mixed with the profane, to show that we are no longer the same as before or think as before, and to show them that we have proposed in our hearts to live for and to serve him.

 Part of the decision to be a Christian is to understand that we must defend what we know is righteous; defend the truth and defend what is right. It is to understand what Jesus said when he declared: "Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness…" (Matthew 5:6). "Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness…" (Matthew 5:10). "Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me." (Matthew 5:11).

Jesus said in Matthew 11:12 "From the days of John the Baptist until now, the kingdom of heaven has been subjected to violence, and violent people have been raiding it." We have to be courageous! We cannot withdraw or abandon what have believed because of fear or shame. Jesus said, "Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you." (Matthew 5:12).

We must be salt and light of the world. We need to change the world where we live, not be changed by the world. Jeremiah 15:19b says, "Let this people turn to you, but you must not turn to them." We must do what the salt must do - season with the Word and preserve the principles set forth by God. We must do what the light should do - illuminate and guide the lost world in darkness to a salvation and life that is in Christ.

If we do not do this then we are good for nothing.

It is time that we wake up and realize that we have been called to be the difference; we have been called to testify to the world that Christ can transform the lives of those who seek him with all their heart. We need to get up and let us show with our attitudes, with our way of speaking, and with our lives that we are sons and daughters of God.

Let us pray that the Lord put in our hearts a desire and a determination to live each day of our existence remembering that we have been called to be salt and light.

In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven." (Matthew 5:16)

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