When I was in college I was apart of a traveling praise band through the Wesley Foundation of Kalamazoo. We would travel around each week bright and early on a Sunday morning and lead worship at various churches around Kalamazoo and the surrounding area. It was loads of fun and I often think of those days when I pick up my guitar. One of the songs we played was a tune call Salt and Light. Listen to it here: https://youtu.be/tLss1tnHq4U
The lyrics to the verse are really the catchy part If you ask me.
“You make me want to be like you.Your Holiness I will pursue, I want the heart of Jesus. Show me the meaning of your grace I want to give the world a taste, of the love of Jesus.”
In Matthew’s Gospel right after the sermon on the mount in chapter 5 we read Jesus‘ encouraging/commanding words.
“You are the salt of the earth; but if salt has lost its taste, how can its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything, but is thrown out and trampled under foot. “You are the light of the world. A city built on a hill cannot be hid. No one after lighting a lamp puts it under the bushel basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.”
Matthew 5:13-16 NRSV
While these verses certainly speak to our evangelistic duty to show God’s glory in the word it also speaks to our own personhood.
Be Salt, be light, be you.
Be the wonderful person you were created to be, season others lives with your laughter, with your kindness, with your love. Shine light in the darkness, ignite hope, illumine peace, let your brightness glow. Do Thea in the way only you can. Do these things not only as a command from our savior but also as a way to find your wholeness and purpose.
When I watch the news or see folks around, there seems to be a darkness about. Lots of anger, sensationalized violence, threats and ill-wishes. We are not living into the best versions of ourselves, we are not living into our saltiness, we are not glowing with our light. And that really is too bad. Not only are we robbing others of our love but we are robbing ourselves of that too. Anger, hatred, fear, these things don’t just stop when we dish it out to others, these things change how we see ourselves, they find a way into everything in a bad kinda way. Kinda the total opposite of what salt and light do. Funny huh?
The chorus of the song goes like this:
Make me salt make me light, let your holy fire ignite. Reveal your Glory in my life. I am not a afraid to lift up your holy name. Make me salt make me light.
I hope we all take time to consider the gifts of salt and light in our lives. And more so I hope we can all commit to letting our salt and light into the world, for us for others and for God.