13 “You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people’s feet. 14 “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden.
As a kid we used to play this ridiculous prank whenever we went out to eat. My friends and I would take the lid off of the salt shaker at the table then simply lay it back on top so that the next person to use the salt would have the entire shaker full pour out onto his plate of food. Childish I know…..but oh so funny! The moral of the story is that salt is not very good all poured out in a heap. In fact, it is much more annoying than it is appetizing. When Jesus says that we are the salt of the earth and the light of the world, the idea is that when we are scattered out into society sharing the gospel we make the greatest impact for Christ. In fact, that’s what we are supposed to do. We are supposed to live out the gospel and invite others to know Jesus as we are scattered out into the world. We must be scattered to be effective. Light is only effective as it is projected into the darkness. Light among light makes no visible difference at all, but light projected out into the darkness makes a marked difference. The point Jesus is making is we are all called to scatter out into this world and be a light for the gospel as we go. We gather together to worship Christ on Sundays so we can then scatter out into the world with the gospel on Monday. So, let’s be salt and light. As we scatter into our neighborhoods and workplaces let’s be influencers for Christ.