Matthew 5:14 : Ye are the light of the world, a city that is set on a hill cannot be hid.
Jesus came into this world to raise up new lights in the church of Jesus Christ. His disciple as we saw now would be the salt, the remedy against human corruption. And now we see they where to be lights against human ignorance and just as the Lord came into the world as the light of the world, now he turns to His disciples as he anticipates leaving the world and He says, Ye are the light of the world. I wonder if we realized that we are to bear witness to the light in this world of darkness. John 3:19-21. What a compliment it is to be the light of the world as John 9:5 says as long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world. But that means since Christ has went back to heaven he has called us to do what he did. We are to take over where he left off. The darker the world the brighter he wants your light to shine. Look at the lighthouse that stands tall and bright in the darkest of places. It is needed in the most darkest hour. What a privilege to be able to guide a soul in darkness to a safe place of refuge. That’s why we must be the light. Light promotes life. Grass, trees, plants, and they say even broken bones grow better in the sun. Light is persistent. It can go into the deepest, smallest crevices. Light awakens. Of a morning you will hear all of nature come alive. And we are to be that light. It may be more comfortable to be a secret disciple, but Christ tells his disciples you must let your light shine, you must be like a city set on a hill, you must be that candle on the candle stick. In other words your light must be visible. Your primary duty is to be seen as a Christian. One man said there is know such thing as secret discipleship for either the secrecy destroys the discipleship or the discipleship destroys the secrecy. You can’t be a follower of Christ and nobody no about it. The only way for your light to work is to let it shine. Christians are meant to be the world’s standard, we are the one’s to show the world around us what is right and what is wrong. 2 Corinthians 4:3 “But if our gospel be hid it is hidden to them that are lost. Let’s go win the Lost and Let’s let our light shine.
The Bible is not the light of the world, it is the light of the church, but the world does not read the bible, the world reads christians! “Ye are the light of the world.” Charles Spurgeon
Matthew 5:13 ” 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.
We know that in the beatitudes Christ focus was to the religious sects of the day. But as we move on His focus turns more to His disciples. The beatitudes taught us its those things we lay down that will make a man blessed in the eyes of God. They dealt with the heart or our inward man. Showing these sects what true religion was. Not an outward show but an inward change. Not a man made religion but a God made religion. Now after telling us how we are to live holy and righteous lives, he moves to tell us we must not keep this to ourselves. We are not of the world, but we are in the world, we do not love the world but we are called to be a witness to the world. Christ portrayed this in his life, He had contact with the world but was not contaminated by the world. There was a line that he knew he could not cross. He was called a friend of sinners. So he tells us you can live a Godly life in this world. In fact ye are the salt of the earth. In the O.T. the prophets were the salt, in the N.T. the disciples were the salt but today you are the salt of the earth. Even if it’s just a little salt here and there it will make a difference. It does with food, so why wouldn’t it in the world. We see the affects the disciples had on this world as they turned it upside down for Jesus Christ. We can do the same thing just by spreading a little salt around in this world, just by showing a little love in this hateful world, just by being a light in this dark world. Christ is saying don’t isolate your Christianity, don’t hide it under a bushel, don’t stand on the sidelines while the world collapses. Our goal is to saturate and infiltrate the world in order to turn people away from darkness unto the glorious light. And if this is not done we see our cities, our homes, our schools decaying. Christianity is to life what salt is to food. In a worried world the Christian should be the only one who remains peaceful. In a depressed world the Christian should be the only one who remains full of joy. We are to bring flavor to the world. We are to make people thirsty for God. I wonder, does this reflect your life? Do you make people thirsty for Christ? Do people look at your life and say I want what they have? Do people come in contact with you and taste of Christ? If not the salt has lost its savour. Salt can be altered and diluted, and if it is not pure it will not work. It’s lost it’s influence. Someone once said if we are not affecting the world the world is affecting us. If we are not salting the world the world is rotting us.
Christians should live in the world, but not be filled with it. A ship lives in the water; but if the water gets into the ship, she goes to the bottom. So Christians may live in the world; but if the world gets into them, they sink. D.L. Moody