Conspicuous Setting – Matthew 5:14-16
The Illustrations our Lord uses are all conspicuous: salt, light, and a city on a hill. There is no possibility of mistaking them. To preserve something from corruption, salt has to be placed in the midst of it. Before it can do its work, it causes excessive irritation-which leads to persecution. Light attracts moths and bats, and points out the way for burglars as well as honest people. A city is a gathering place for all the human driftwood that will not work for its own living, and a Christian will have any number of parasites and ungrateful hangers-on. Jesus would have us remember that other people will certainly defraud us. These considerations form a powerful temptation: we may want to pretend we are not salt, to put our light under a bushel basket, and to cover our city with a fog. But Jesus allows nothing in the nature of covert discipleship.
“You are the light of the world.” Light cannot be soiled; you may reach for a beam of light with the dirtiest hand, but you leave no mark on it. A sunbeam may shine into the filthiest home in the slum of a city, but it will not be soiled.
Merely moral people may be soiled in spite of their integrity, but those who are made pure by the Holy Spirit cannot be soiled-they are as light.
- Are you the salt of the earth?
- Are you the light of the world?
- Are you allowing God to exhibit in your life the truth of these startling statements of Jesus Christ?
Lord, help us to follow in the path of Your Spirit so that we can become covert disciples and not hide our faith from the light of the truth.