Matthew 5:13-16 13Ye 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. 14Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. 15Neither 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. 16Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.
If a seasoning had no flavor, it has no value. If Christians make no effort to affect the world around them, they are of little value to God. If we are too much like the world, we are worthless. Christians should not blend in with everyone else. Instead, we should affect others positively, just as seasoning brings out the best flavor in food.
You can not hide a city that is sitting on top of a hill if the lights are one. You can see the lights for miles and miles. If we live for Christ, we will glow like lights, showing others what Christ is like. We hide our lights by:
- being quiet
- following the ways of the world, going with the crowd
- denying the light
- letting sin dim out light
- not explaining our light to others or
- ignoring the needs of others
Be a beacon of truth – don’t shut your light off from the rest of the world.
King James Version – Study Bible