“You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people’s feet.
“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.
We’ve been given a really cool opportunity to be involved in the stories of those around us. Every interaction we have has the potential to change somebody else’s mood or day. What’s even greater is that, as Jesus followers, we also have the opportunity to be “salt and light” to those we encounter. That may include words or invitations, but this passage points that our attitude and actions are also crucially important in exposing others to the love and grace of Jesus.
This makes me think of college football and my encounters with fans from opposing schools. If there’s a kind, warm, and hospitable interaction, my thought process is always something along the lines of “wow, that school’s fans are all awesome!” I’m typically way more interested in following that team, rooting for them (when they aren’t playing mine!), and will speak positively about the school when it comes up in conversation. The opposite is just as true—a single negative interaction can cause me to assume the entire fanbase is just as rude or harsh, and I can almost guarantee I’ll be rooting against them when given the chance.
To put it boldly, we might be the only representation of Jesus this person encounters. Our words, attitudes, actions, and how we carry ourselves don’t just represent ourselves, but they can potentially color somebody’s view of Jesus, the Church, or His followers. There is a great weight to how we live but the reward is that, through pointing others to Jesus, they may find the hope and freedom in Him that we’ve experienced.
Thought of the day: In what areas of your life and in what relationships can you be a positive reflection of Jesus and His love for us?
Prayer: Jesus, thank You for loving me first. In the hopes of helping others meet, know, and follow You, I ask for the awareness and boldness to live as an accurate picture of the way You love everyone.