Did you know God “wants all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth” (1 Tim. 2:4)? He wants each of us to live in such a way that we influence others for their spiritual good.
Jesus used two words—salt and light—to illustrate our mission. Salt, which flavors and preserves, permeates the food on which it is sprinkled, causing a significant difference in flavor. Christians are to function the same way, by spreading the appeal of Christ as we interact with people. However, Jesus warns that the “saltiness” of our life will decrease if ungodly habits and chronic sin render us “tasteless” (Matt. 5:13).
Jesus also calls us to be light, just as He was (John 1:4; John 1:9). Light drives out darkness, reveals what is present, and illuminates the path forward. We are to do the same, reflecting the Savior’s presence through our conversation and conduct. Just as soot on a glass lantern diminishes its light, sin’s presence can cloud our testimony and reduce our influence.
It’s the composition of salt and the clarity of light that give them power. Our character—who we are even when no one is looking—helps or hurts our ability to have a positive impact.
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