Salt and Light

What is your purpose in life? How often have you asked yourself that question? Who are you? Have you asked yourself that question? Do you know who Jesus says you are? Would you like to know?

It is not uncommon for people to wonder what their purpose in life is. They may even start out by asking themselves who they are. It’s good to know who you are, where you are in life, what your position in the world or your community is. It can be the point from which we determine our purpose.

But what if I told you Jesus has already set your purpose for you? What if He already told you who you are? He has! And it is good. Jesus says we are salt and light. Within those statements of who we are is our purpose in this life.

As the salt of the earth (literally dirt), we are to help others grow. In Jesus’ day, farmers put salt on their fields to provide the right mix of minerals to help them grow their crops. Salt is also used to season and preserve. We are to season others and preserve their lives for them. That preservation comes in the form of eternal life.

As the light of the world, we are to show the way for others. This coincides with preservations. We show them the way to Jesus. We show them the way to eternal life. We do this through our actions, showing others what it means to be a follower of Jesus.

Whether we like or not, whether we want to or not, if we have accepted Jesus as our Lord and Savior, we are His representative. He has told us who we are and our purpose. Perhaps we should accept His Word and be who He told us we are.

I pray we all know who we are. I pray we understand our purpose as Jesus defined it. I pray each one of us accept our place as a representative of Jesus and be who He desires us to be. Know your purpose. Be salt. Add flavor. Be light. Show Jesus to others. Share Jesus’ love.

Matthew 5:13a, 14a “You are the salt of the earth…You are the light of the world.”

Published by martypressey

Marty is a Pastor, retired Marine and dedicated Christian who has taught adult Bible classes and preached for 20 years. He currently serves as pastor of 3 United Methodist Churches. He believes being well-grounded in the Scriptures is key to living a better life. He brings a layman’s viewpoint to all his classes and sermons, helping others understand how to apply Scripture to their daily lives. When he sees others understand the message of a particular passage, it brings him great joy. He has seen his faith increase exponentially over the years; fully believing God has a plan and is executing it. He feels blessed to be part of that plan.

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