You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? ...You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Matthew 5:13-14
Life can be hard. And when life is hard, sometimes our faith can suffer. And when our faith is getting down, that's when it's time for a faith lift.
There are two ingredients that will lift your faith. The first ingredient is salt. There are several things that salt is good for.
There isn't any ingredient that will change the flavor of your food more than salt. This is what we should be doing in society, providing the flavor of Jesus wherever we go. And this isn't hard; just pray for an opportunity to share God's love with someone this week and follow God when He answers.
Salt also makes us thirsty, and there should be something about our lives that makes the people around us thirsty for Jesus. Before that can happen, though, we ourselves have to be thirsty-thirsty for Jesus, for His Word, and for true fellowship with other believers.
Salt is also a preservative, delaying the decaying of that which is temporary. This is what we do wherever we go, influencing the world around us for life instead of death.
The second ingredient to our faith lift is light. When light is itself, it can't help but shine. Wherever you go, just don't hide who you are as God's child; let your light shine. Because when light shines, it chases away darkness, causes things to grow, and becomes a guiding signal for those who are lost.
Light makes fruit grow in our lives, it reminds us of the godliness to which we are called, it shows us the right path to take in following Christ, and stimulates the great victory that Jesus won for us on the cross.
And it is this victory to which we are called, every day, and not only for ourselves, but for everyone around us. After all, Jesus didn't just come for you and me, but for the whole world, so let's lift our faith and become the salt and light of the world.
Prayer Lord Jesus,
You are the ultimate light of the world! But You are living in me, and I want to be like You in everything I do. Please shine through me and help me to be salt and light, lifting my faith and spreading faith in others wherever I go.