The Daily Fountain Daily Devotional of the Church Of Nigeria (Anglican Communion) 10 April 2019 – Salt and Light
TOPIC: Salt and Light
READ: Matthew 5:13-16 King James Version (KJV)
13 Ye 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.
14 Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.
15 Neither 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.
16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.
In these verses, the Lord Jesus deals with the character which true Christians must support and maintain in the world. True Christians are to be in the world as salt. Salt has a peculiar taste of its own, unlike anything else. When mingled with other substances, it preserves them from corruption.
It imparts a portion of its taste to everything it is mixed with. It is useful so long as it maintains its savour. True Christians are to be in the world as light. It is the property of light to be distinct from darkness. The least spark in a dark room can be seen at once. Of all things created, light is one of the most useful. Without it, the world would be a gloomy blank.
Salt and light evidently imply peculiarity, both of heart and life; of faith and practice.
Have we grace? Then it must be seen. Have we the Spirit? Then there must be fruit. Have we any saving religion? Then there must be a difference of habits, tastes, and turn of mind, between us and those who think only of the world.
It is perfectly clear that true Christianity is something more than being baptised and going to Church. We must dare to be singular and unlike the world, if we mean to be saved.
Prayer: Father, please help me to be the salt and the light of the world as You desire.