The Bible quotes Jesus in the Gospel of Matthew calling his disciples the “salt of the earth” and the “light of the world.”
When we are blessed to live in a society that has access to many things like medicine and healthcare, education and housing, etc., we might take those two metaphors for granted. What did Jesus mean in that context and how does it apply to us? More importantly, what action(s) do His words require?
Salt and light had many purposes in antiquity.
It was used as a form of payment to Roman soldiers (where we get the term salary today). In other words, Jesus said, “You are of great value."
It has been used as a preservative for centuries.
It was and is used medicinally even up to today (salt water’s effects on a cut or Epsom salt).
Jesus was, in essence, telling his disciples that they were of great worth and value and yet had a purpose to help bring healing or preserve life. Light has always been used for its main purpose of exposing and driving away darkness. Something specific to these two – salt and light – is that they only have an impact on the things in which they come in contact. Salt cannot preserve or heal what it does not touch. Light cannot dispel darkness if they do not meet.
How does this relate to you and me?
First, we need to know that we have great value. We all have something – wisdom, life experiences, time, talents, and treasures – that we can offer to someone else. We all have a great purpose.
Second, the only way who we are and what we have to offer can make a difference is by coming into contact with those who do not.
You and I are the change agents to help drive away the darkness of depression or loneliness.
You, dear reader, are the one who can offer hope into a hopeless situation. The question HOW is often answered on the fly. But one thing that is certain is that we must be willing to come in contact with those around us.
We thank you all for your prayers and support. We are always looking for those that are available to be salt and light for someone. If you would have it on your heart to offer who you are to be a blessing and agent of healing and life to someone, we would love to talk to you.
Blessings on you all,