|Mathew 5 13 30 Following the beatitudes in the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus tells his followers that people who receive these blessings matter:|
You are the salt of the earth; but if salt has lost its taste, how can its saltiness be restored?
It is no longer good for anything, but is thrown out and trampled under foot.
You are the light of the world. A city built on a hill cannot be hid.
No one after lighting a lamp puts it under the bushel basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all in the house.
In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.
If you are a follower of Jesus living the beatitudes, you matter. You have an important role to play because you are the salt of the earth.
Salt preserves and Christians help preserve what is good in the culture.
In the ancient world, salt was very valuable: the Greeks thought it contained something almost divine, and the Romans sometimes paid their soldiers with salt.
A soldier who didn't carry out his duties “was not worth his salt.” You are a seasoning agent.
In a sense, you can bring the distinctive flavor of God's values to all of life. You can make life palatable.
“You are the light of the world.” The job description of a Christian is not only to maintain personal holiness, but also to touch the lives of everyone around us.
At work, we touch many people who do not encounter Christ in church.