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May 14, 2016

In Matthew 15, Jesus continues to share his kingdom message with his disciples. First He shared with them the blessings (beatitudes) of heaven, and then in verses 13-16, He told them how they should function on earth. He said to them, “Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men. Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.”

In the ancient culture, salt was used as a seasoning, a preservative that stopped decay and a purifier. It was recognized as a highly used commodity needed for the healthy existence of the people. Jesus informed the disciples if the salt loses its qualities and its effectiveness, it is no longer viable and can be thrown away. So, the mere presence of the disciples was to bring about change, prevented some calamities from taking place, and influence people to make the right decisions.

The importance of light in the earth can be seen in Genesis 1:2-3 for the first thing that God called forth in the dark earth was light. Jesus understood that in life, the absence of proper lighting results in wrong decisions, accidents, and the loss of life. Therefore, in the corrupt, sinful world He expected the disciples to bring forth the truth with revelation knowledge providing an alternative way of life for dying humanity. Like light, the disciples were to stand out, be prominent, dispel darkness, and bring clarity, answers, and direction. Also knowing the end results, Jesus encouraged them to shine brightly in the world for the world would reciprocate by praising God.

Nothing has changed; God still expects believers to make a difference in the earth. We are to evangelize the world by being impactful and influential witnesses. We are to be salt and light. Are you up for the challenge? Are you fulfilling this kingdom mandate?


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