“Let me tell you why you are here. You’re here to be salt-seasoning that brings out the God-flavors of this earth. If you lose your saltiness, how will people taste godliness? You’ve lost your usefulness and will end up in the garbage.
14-16 “Here’s another way to put it: You’re here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world. God is not a secret to be kept. We’re going public with this, as public as a city on a hill. If I make you light-bearers, you don’t think I’m going to hide you under a bucket, do you? I’m putting you on a light stand. Now that I’ve put you there on a hilltop, on a light stand—shine! Keep open house; be generous with your lives. By opening up to others, you’ll prompt people to open up with God, this generous Father in heaven.
A Peanuts cartoon, showed Peppermint Patty talking to Charlie Brown.
She said, "Guess what, Chuck.
The first day of school and I got sent to the principal’s office. It was your fault, Chuck."
He said, "My fault? How could it be my fault? Why do you say everything’s my fault?"
She said, "You’re my friend, aren’t you, Chuck? You should have been a better influence on me."
While Peppermint Patty was seeking to pass the buck, she was in a very real sense, right.
We should be a positive influence on our friends.We certainly do have an influence, all be it for good or for bad.We are always some type of influence to those in our lives. We are called to be the Salt of the Earth. We may be the only Bible that our neighbor may truly see.
Salt is a seasoning, a preservative, but unless it is BROUGHT INTO CONTACT with another OBJECT its influence is wasted! Salt becomes Invisible to have a Visible effect.Salt by itself is nothing more than little fine particles (P) and in that state it is worthless.BUT when it is rubbed onto and into meat, or added to food it becomes INVISIBLE and THEN becomes what it was intended for INFLUENCING THE FLAVOR!Are you having a visible effect on the world? Are you influencing the flavor of those that God sends you?
Salt that just sits in the shaker is of no use.It is much like believers, who become complacent, who no longer share grace; who refuse to take a moral stand; who refuse to share their faith. They are sitting in a shaker! Is your salt sitting on the shelf or are you in contact with and bringing flavor to those that God has sent you? What you say and do influences those God puts into your life.
You are the salt of the earth. You are the light of the world.
Let both your life and your light so shine before men that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.