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Feb 14, 2021

Salt & Light

Salt & Light

Passage: Matthew 5:13-16

Speaker: Pastor Stephen Palm

Series: Matthew: The King and His Kingdom

Category: Expository Book Study

In these three simple but powerful verses, Jesus beautifully illustrates what the characteristics of a disciple should look like. The way we should live our lives is likened to salt, and in biblical times, salt served as a preservative for food to keep it from rotting. However, once it lost its taste, it was good for nothing and was thrown out on walking paths in a similar way we use gravel. If we are not careful our witness can lose the flavor that Jesus calls us to have. Not only should we be salt, but we should be light. In John 8:21 Jesus contrasted himself with the false religious leaders of his day, when he told them, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness but will have the light of life.” Every disciple of Christ has the light of the Holy Spirit in them, so that they will be distinct from everyone else who does not. The principle for us is not to use the light to draw attention to ourselves but light the path for people to see the only way to Father (Jn. 14:6) in heaven thus bringing glory to His mighty name.