Matthew 5:13-16 (NKJV) 13 “You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men. 14 “You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. 16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.
Sermon on The Mount:Salt & Light Matthew 5:13-16
SOM: Salt & Light • Tonight we continue our Sunday Night Series on the Sermon on the Mount • We have now finished the Beatitudes and move on to the next topic Jesus will cover • Jesus continues to talk about the kind of people that He would have you and I to be
SOM: Salt & Light • The next subject is one of influence in the world • Influence is something that you and I cannot escape from • It was Charles Barkley who said he did not want to be a role model, while Karl Malone told him he had no choice
SOM: Salt & Light • Knowing all of this, Jesus wants you and I to be the right kind of influence in the world • He knows and understands the importance of influence • Jesus wants us to be the salt and light of the world…
SOM: Salt • “You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men.” (Matt. 5:13) • Reading from Elmer W. Maurer (chemist with the USDA)…
SOM: Salt • Salt has a very distinct purpose • If it loses that purpose, then it’s value is diminished to nothing • We are the salt of this world, and we have 2 main purposes • One such purpose is to preserve, just as salt can do
SOM: Salt • Just as salt is a preservative, you and I can be used to preserve as well • Noah was a preservative when he found grace in the eyes of God (Gen. 6:8) • Lot and his family fell just a few short of being a preservative for the people of Sodom and Gomorrah (Gen. 18-19)
SOM: Salt • We too can be that preservative in the world today • It’s no secret that our world is pushing away from God • While we might long for the coming of the Lord, those who are lost need all the time they can get to find Christ
SOM: Salt • Salt is also used to give our food flavor • How many times have you shaken some salt on food and it made all the difference to the taste? • We can be that difference to those in the world, to show them that God’s way of doing things is the right way
SOM: Salt • How many are searching for happiness, but cannot seem to find it? • How many wish they had peace when all they experience is turmoil? • How many would love to have the hope that we have that drives us to live for our God?
SOM: Light • Matthew 5:14-16 • Jesus not only tells us that we are the salt of the earth (to preserve and flavor) but that we are the light of the world • Evil is always depicted as darkness (Eph. 5:11) • We are to shine our light in the darkness
SOM: Light • If we live as a Christian should, then all will be able to see our light on the hill • A lamp is not to be lit and then put under a basket • You and I should not hide ourselves from the world, because in doing so we deprive it of that light
SOM: Light • Instead we are to let our lights shine before others • Some might wonder if that would be considered boasting or having a “look at me” moment • Jesus quickly dispels that notion by what he says next
SOM: Light • “…that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven” • When others see our good works, the praise and glory does not come to you and I • Rather, God is to be praised for what we do
SOM: Light • God is praised because we are His creation • God is praised because He created us for good works (Eph. 2:10; II Tim. 3:17) • God is praised because He is the means by which we know and understand how to do good works