The Sermon on the Mount is the most famous speech in history — given by the most influential person to ever live. This teaching near the Sea of Galilee in Israel lasted for days and was recorded in all four gospels. The sermon emphasizes Christian morality and lays the path to walk for a more fulfilling life and a closer relationship with God.
Salt is essential to human life on Earth.
When Jesus gave the Sermon on the Mount, he said:
“…Let me tell you why you are here. You’re here to be salt -seasoning that brings out the God-flavors of this earth. If you lose your saltiness, how will people taste godliness? You’ve lost your usefulness and will end up in the garbage.
Here’s another way to put it. You’re here to be light bringing out the God-colors of the world. God is not a secret to be kept. Were going public with this, as public as a city on a hill. If I make you light bearers, you don’t think I’m going to hide you under a bucket, do you? I’m putting you on a light stand.
Now that I’ve put you there on a hilltop, on a light stand — shine! Keep open house; be generous with your lives. By opening up to others, you’ll prompt people to open up with God…” (The Message Bible — Matthew 5:13–16)
What does it mean?
In short, it means we are charged to deliver the love of Jesus to the world with our actions. We are to be His hands and feet. We are a reflection of His grace, love, and mercy.
What is salt exactly? Salt is a compound that is essential to human life. Salt is the main source of sodium ions in the human body. Your nerves and muscles cannot function without sodium. Salt is good for wound healing, it slows decay, and kills infections and parasites.
Furthermore, salt has value. In the ancient world, salt was used like money to barter for goods, or was sometimes used in lieu of pay. God’s mercy and grace kill off infections and parasites in our soul, and eradicate all the decay of our flesh. He makes us new. The salvation, love, freedom, and forgiveness we experience in Christ are more valuable than money. We are charged with showing His love to the world through not only our words, but our actions.
“Talk is cheap. Act out your love for Christ.”
-Spencer Dunlap RCC, AR
Seeing the light:
“He said to them, ‘Do you bring in a lamp to put it under a bowl or a bed? Instead, don’t you put it on its stand? For whatever is hidden is meant to be disclosed, and whatever is concealed is meant to be brought out into the open. If anyone has ears to hear, let them hear.’”
“Consider carefully what you hear,” he continued. “With the measure you use, it will be measured to you — and even more. Whoever has will be given more; whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them.”
Mark 4:21–25 (New International Version)
Lights are visual, we can’t hear them. They’re defined by sight. In this way they’re much like our actions. The words we speak don’t define us, our actions do. We can say as much as we want about how deep and full our love runs for Jesus, but if our actions don’t show it- we are being hypocrites. This gets dangerous. When others see our actions as representative of a living God, but those actions don’t match our mission statement; we have the power to sour someone’s taste of the gospel. If you love God, your actions have to align with Godly principle.
“Lights are meant to be seen, not heard… Share the gospel, and when necessary speak. But your faith should be obvious [without words] on the outside looking in.”
-Chris Ochterbeck NLC, AR
Also like lights, we must be connected to a power source in order to shine. Without communicating with God regularly, and spending time studying His “instruction manual” it’s impossible to be an authentic reflection of His love.
“You are the salt of the Earth.” Is a call to arms — for Christians to take up the attitude and love of Jesus and spread it throughout every interaction we have. A reminder of our responsibility and a call for accountability. After people speak to us, or see us from afar; are they closer to, or further from God than they were before?
The bottom line: Actions speak louder than words. Christians must live out their love for God through their actions and interactions.
Secret Coran-Stacy is an author, entrepreneur, and artist living the American dream as a middle class suburbanite in Central Arkansas. Find out more by visiting www.secretstacy.com