Our Bible verse for today: “You are the salt of the earth … you are the light of the world.” Matthew 5:13;15 (CSB)
Our thought for today: “Go into your world and make a difference.”
As I write this it is Monday morning. As you begin your new week, let me ask you to consider how many people you will interact with this week. With some of them, such as family members and co-workers, you will have lots of close contact. With others your degree of interaction could vary from short conversations, to a simple kind gesture for a stranger such as holding the door for them.
In Matthew 5:13-16, in the middle of His Sermon on the Mount, Jesus called for His followers to go out into the world and be like salt and light. We are to be like salt in that salt is both a preservative and a seasoning. When worked into a food substance such as meat, salt penetrates, permeates, and preserves. Chemically it slows down the process of decay and corruption. Jesus’ meaning is that we as Christians are to have that same impact in our little corner of the world. As we promote Biblical values and bless people in the name of Jesus we push back against and impede the corrosive and destructive influence of sin.
Salt is also a seasoning that flavors and makes food more pleasant to the taste. Christians should be like that too. Our presence in any situation should serve to make things better and more pleasant for everyone. The fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23) should not only be in us, but should also be flowing out of us: “Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.” Your presence helps to make things better for everyone because the Holy Spirit is at work in you and through you.
Jesus also calls us to be light in our world. By that He means that we are to shine the light of Biblical truth into the situations we find ourselves in. We are to help others see things from a Biblical perspective so that they too can then make choices that are pleasing to God.
Regardless of the job you have or the kinds of activities you will be involved in this week, you can have a positive influence on all the people you come into contact with. All across this world Jesus has millions upon millions of followers being salt and light and making a real difference wherever they go.
I encourage you to be salt and light. The world is a better place because you’re in it. Go out into your world and make positive difference today.