Salt and Light: Does the Church Measure Up?

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 by men.  14 “You are the light of the world. A city 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 men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven. (NIV)

I think that the Salt-light metaphor of what the followers of Jesus Christ are is one of the most powerful ones in scripture. Salt and light do not exist for themselves (and so should Christians). The purpose of salt and light is to make the world a better place (through adding savor, preservation, illumination, etc.). These two elements serve their purpose without calling attention to themselves.

The moment they stop serving their purpose they become irrelevant and useless. But the effects of their irrelevance are most felt by the world they are supposed to affect: no taste, decay, darkness…and everything associated with this.

What does this have to say about me and the church I am part of (the body of Christ)?

Am I serving my purpose for living? Is the church of Christ serving her purpose or she is busy attracting attention to herself? Are we still  Are we still relevant?

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