New Testament Reading Reflection Week 13
Written by: Jeremy Schultheiss
Matthew 5: 13-16
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.
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.
I love this passage. There are times where we, as followers of Jesus, forget our central mission in the world.
I love that Jesus takes common, everyday items to remind us of our purpose.
Salt and light.
I used to think that salt gave flavor to whatever you put it on. Thanks to AP Chemistry in High School I learned that salt actually pulls flavor out of whatever you put it on. Salt helps things taste the way they were meant to taste.
As followers of Jesus our mission is not to simply add flavoring wherever we go. Our mission is to help all of creation flourish the way it was intended to.