Salt and Light

A lesson on discipleship from Matthew 5:13–16

Christopher Hoskin
Comfort and Hope

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Matthew 5:13–16

“You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.

You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”

Salt and light. These two words are what Jesus calls His disciple to be. These verses come right after Jesus has just finished speaking to the crowd of followers and telling them about the qualities of true disciples. Right before this section, Jesus switches to the second person, and He is now no longer speaking to the crowd; he is speaking directly to His disciples. Jesus is speaking to us. He uses the present tense, “you are.” You are the salt of the earth, and you are the light of the world.

These are not things we aspire to be; this is what He declares us to be as His disciples. Salt and light are the essences of what it means to be a disciple. These two qualities are the very heart of what it means to follow Jesus…

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Christopher Hoskin
Comfort and Hope

Writer | Speaker | Christ-Follower | Theologian | Investor | Tech Addict | Bibliophile. (B.A. Religion VCU/MDiv Regent University). www.comfortandhope.org