Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven. Matthew 5:16
I love what light can bring to a room. I have many windows in our rental and it was for that reason that I was drawn to this place. When my dad set up white curtains in the living room, it was like I resided in a place of tranquility and peace.
Light is a common description of Jesus. We know that He speaks on how He is the light of the world and anyone who follows Him will not walk in darkness (John 8:12). We also know that when the light shines in the darkness the darkness cannot overcome it (John 1:5). Both of these verses tell us the importance of light: where it originates (Jesus) and what its capabilities are (overcoming darkness). With this in mind, we are able to conjure up enough faith to move forward when showing others our light.
Jesus gives us instructions in these short verses that are crucial to understand. We first are told that we are the salt and light of the earth. Not that we will be. Once we are a child of God and have accepted gift of grace, we instantaneously become salt and light of the earth. It’s not after years and years and years of perfecting our faith or striving to be a “perfect” child of God. Yes, as time goes on while we are in fellowship with the Lord, we will see our growth; BUT, that does not make us anymore valuable in shining our light than when we first came to Christ. The beauty of God’s grace is that when we confess our sins, we are forgiven and free. It is up to us how we use this gift of freedom.
The function of light is to basically bring light into what is hidden. The function of salt is to add flavor or it causes us to thirst. In the days of Jesus, salt was also used as a preservative to prevent bacteria. So with this fresh start and freedom, we can spread the good news. We can add flavor to others’ lives. We can give them a reason to thirst for Christ. We can overcome the darkness.
Don’t let Satan sneak into your mind and tell you lies that you’re not a strong enough Christian or smart enough or extroverted enough or whatever it is that prevents you from being who you really are: salt and light. I have had to fight some strong demons when I write these devotions. Satan will remind me of my past sins, or my age, or just the fact that I don’t have a degree in Theology. Even with all these reasons, I am still reminded through these verses that I am the salt and light of the earth. And so are you. If the Lord gives us something to say, we should say it.
I’m not sure what demons you are fighting today that are preventing you from being all that Jesus has called you to be. But, whatever it is, know that God’s grace is deep and wide enough to cover you. The second you accept Christ, you are enough to be a light to someone else. You are enough to help someone thirst for the Water you are drinking. You are enough to help snuff out the darkness.
Let’s pray this week for opportunities to share our light, no matter how small or insignificant we may feel. Remember, you are a child of the King.
be free. xo