Straight answer from Jesus;
“Ye are the salt of the earth….Ye are the light of the world…” Matthew 5:13-14
- Salt because you’re precious and valued; you influence, season and preserve lives, and
- Light because you can’t be hid; you give light to all. You’re a light giver.
The world needs you; it cannot get light except it receives it through us! The purpose of light is to illuminate and expose the evil in the world. But light itself must first be exposed before it is to be of any use to the world – if it is hid, it’ll no longer be useful. When exposed; we will then be able to shine our light, and season the whole world. What should be exposed? Your character! That you’re meek, poor spirit, pure heart, merciful, peacemaking, and you thirsty for righteousness.
The symbol of salt and light reminds us that the lifestyle marked in the beatitudes is not to be lived in isolation. Jesus wants this requirements to be your manifesto, your way of life with which you shine and salt the world therewith.
“Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.” Matthew 5:14
In the same way, Jesus wants his own people to live visible lives. Lives such as will attract attention to the beauty of God’s work. Lives set on a table, not under!
He said, “Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.” Matthew 5:4.
What do you think the world will do to the poor in spirit, the meek, the merciful, the pure in heart, the peacemakers, the hungry and they that mourn? I will tell you soon.
But “Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you , and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.” Matthew 5:10-12
The bible says, “And seeing the multitudes, he went up into a mountain: and when he was set…he opened his mouth, and taught them…” Matthew 5:1-2. A picture of him sitting on the throne making declarations of what he wants his church to be. He said, “blessed are ye when….”
Ok, “….Ye are the salt of the earth….Ye are the light of the world…” But also, “…blessed are you when…” meaning you got to earn it.
Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for his sake.
What should the world do for the poor in spirit, the meek, the merciful, the pure in heart, the peacemakers, the hungry and they that mourn? By virtue of their personal qualities good people deserve to be loved, but the world would not receive them. Jesus came to his own, but his own received him not, instead they persecuted him, (Of whom the world was not worthy:) Hebrews 11:38.
But Rejoice!, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven, for;
- you shall be comforted,
- you shall inherit the earth,
- you shall obtain mercy,
- you shall be filled,
- you shall see God,
- you shall be called the children of God
- you shall inherit the earth
You’re the Salt and the Light of the world, that’s for sure but when you’re meek, poor in spirit, pure in heart, merciful, peacemaking, and you thirsty for righteousness – this alone causes you to obtain. Your reward is in Heaven! To earn something, is to receive (comfort, mercy, fulfilment, e.t.c.,) as the result of what you’ve done.
“Then Peter began to say unto him, Lo, we have left all, and have followed thee. And Jesus answered and said, Verily I say unto you, There is no man that hath left house, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my sake, and the gospel’s, But he shall receive an hundredfold now in this time, houses, and brethren, and sisters, and mothers, and children, and lands, with persecutions; and in the world to come eternal life.” Mark 10:28-30
You’re the salt, you’re the light, but blessed are you when, (poor in spirit, meek, merciful, pure in heart, peacemakers, hungry and you mourn) Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven.