Matthew 5:13 The Message (MSG)
Salt and Light
“Let me tell you why you are here. You’re here to be salt-seasoning that brings out the God-flavours of this earth. If you lose your saltiness, how will people taste godliness? You’ve lost your usefulness and will end up in the garbage.
Salt is pretty awesome, especially if you mix it with caramel.
Add that to salty chips and you’ve got to say salt is the most important food in life.
I Love salt!
So it’s a pretty big gig for God to say we are salt, and that we are to bring out his flavours. I wonder what his flavours are?
I notice that this verse doesn’t say “If you lose your saltiness, never mind. It’s the thought that counts. Keep calm and carry on.”
Errr… it DOES say “You’ve lost your usefulness and will end up in the garbage.” Maybe that’s just The Message version, let’s look up the NIV … “It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.” Hmmm not much better.
Crikey this sounds serious. Am I salty? (Pink Himalayan rock salt of course)
Let’s read on: verse 14-16
“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. 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. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”
I think a little wee just travelled down my leg
Is it just me or does that sound like a big statement? “You are the light of the world”. ?!?!
I mean thankfully in John 8:12 Jesus says “I am the world’s Light. No one who follows me stumbles around in the darkness. I provide plenty of light to live in.”
So that’s good, but still… I am the light of the world seems like a big ask to me.
It also seems that I am not supposed to hide this light, it should be like a town built on a hill.
I have to say, I have hidden this light A LOT. I mean not just a little oops I forgot to share the light and hid it under bowl occasionally type hidden, but the I’m sorry but I’m too self-absorbed, embarrassed and ashamed of you Lord to share this light even though I know its life and death important I’m not willing to upset my well-manicured social boundaries on your behalf type hidden.
Its seems like this might be an important/serious area of my life to grow in if I want to keep out of the garbage… Am I a salty light? Or am I a bland bowl hider….