Salt and Light
In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. – Matthew 5:16
Letting our light shine is an act of love. As we celebrate Valentine’s Day this Sunday, I’m thinking about all the ways we can show and receive love. One of the greatest gifts we can give others is self-sacrifice. Another is showing them that God loves them. This is all part of letting our light shine.
People see and notice what we do and how we live all the time. We can either reveal sin and fear in our actions, or we can reveal the grace and love of God through our words and actions. In Mark Labberton’s book, “Called”, he writes, “The images of being light in a dark world or salt in a decaying one assume the depth of the need to be great and the difference between God’s people and the surrounding world to be dramatically evident… What we are to add can make a world of difference, but that will be so only if we don’t hide our light or lose our saltiness.” (Called, pg. 57)
As you extend love to those in your life this week, may you also shine bright the light of Christ. Sing with me the words to “This Little Light of Mine” this week and don’t let anything hide your light!
Almighty God, Jesus proclaims that we are the light of the world, and yet so often we fail to shine our light. We have asked for your righteous judgment against others, but we have not acknowledged the sin in our own lives. We have worshipped you with our lips, but have dishonored you with our actions. We have prayed for you to end the suffering in our world, yet we have not practiced compassion and generosity toward others. Forgive our self-righteousness and give us integrity of heart, that we may shine forth the light of your salvation. In Jesus’ name. Amen.