Sunday, 2 September 2012

Salty and Bright

Have you ever wondered...

...why did Jesus ask us to be both 'salt of the earth' AND 'light of the world'?

Not just choose-one-of-the-two-that-you-prefer, but both (signified by the use of the connector 'AND')! And why 'salt'? Why 'light'?

It cannot be further from the truth that salt and light have exceedingly different and contrasting properties. Think about it for a moment. Salt, on the one hand, works silently, preserves, and stays in the background. Its presence is only detected when we interact with it - or else it stays invisible. Light, on the other hand, is obvious, upfront, and stands out from the background. Just try lighting a candle in a dark room and you'll notice the light immediately.

Maybe now we see what Jesus really meant! (Do you?)

There are occasions we are called to be salt: To 'speak' the Gospel via our actions. There are also situations where He wants us to be light: To preach boldly through our words. These are the two ways to share the Good News - and we need to learn both from the Master Teacher.

Faith without action is dead while action without faith is hypocrisy.
Let us walk the talk, and also, talk about the walk.

"For we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do." - Ephesians 2:10


  1. This is awesome! Thanks for sharing! :D

  2. Thanks Jan for the encouraging words! :D Are you saltier or brighter? Hahaha...(no plain or dark humour here)...