Life is nothing more than an endless cycle of blessing and trials. A walk with God is not for the faint of heart. Many times, your life actually gets harder before it gets better. We are blessed to have overcome misfortune and turmoil. Grittiness is actually the biggest predictor of success. The difference between success and failure is if you get up after getting knocked down. The bible calls believers to be salt and light, but what does that mean?
Verse 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.
Verse 14 “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.
Let’s break that down into two concepts: salt and light.
Salt is a spice that is unique because it enhances other flavors. Added to stew it can be savory. Sprinkled on fruit it makes the fruit’s natural flavor sweeter. Added to coffee it makes it smoother and counteracts the bitterness. To be “the salt of the earth” means you should be enhancing others. It doesn’t matter if you are a CEO developing a management team, or a stay at home mom (the backbone of the family). To really thrive in whatever God has called you to do, you should have someone you admire that you can go to for advice and also be pouring into someone else you can help because of your unique experiences.
To be the light of the world is a hefty commandment. Jesus basically asks us to be influential in our social circles and community. This is something that we can only accomplish if we are serious. Does it say “push our religion down your unsuspecting friend’s throats”? Does it say to “act holier than thou and make people feel subservient to your new found insight”? Does it ask you to only associate with other Christians? No. No. And no. This commandment can really only be fulfilled if you are walking with God. I heard a wonderful sermon once that asked a very simple question, “Can you stand in the lime light and reflect the image of God within you?” This is hard for a lot of people. Human nature causes us to chase accolades not the image of the meek that shall inherit the earth.