“Taste and see that the Lord is good. How happy is the man who takes refuge in Him!”
Psalms 34:8 HCSB
“You are the salt of the earth…. You are the light of the world. A city situated on a hill cannot be hidden.”
Matthew 5:13-14 HCSB
We, as Christians, are the salt and light by which the world can taste and see that God is good.
The Church is called to be the salt of a dead, dry world. We are to awaken hunger and thirst in a society of people who attempt to live off of the dribblings from their broken cisterns.
Cisterns, water-storage containers, were necessary equipment for people in ancient times to have secure sources of water no matter what. Broken cisterns, however, would not provide security, leaving people helpless, especially if their city was under siege.
In a world under siege by the forces of evil, unbelievers run from broken cistern to broken cistern, desperate for the soul satisfying Water of Life without which they are dead. However, the world is so blinded by the enemy that it rarely recognizes its wretched state, so many live desperate lives confidently clinging to their broken cisterns or seeking out that new cistern they are sure will satisfy them if only they can find it.
According to John 7:38, we who have believed in Christ have what the world does not even realize it so desperately needs, a fountain of Living Water in our very souls: “The one who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, will have streams of living water flow from deep within him.” (John 7:38 HCSB)
We have the Holy Spirit in us, so we must live in a way that awakens the world to its one true Need: Jesus Christ, just like salt makes a thirsty person crave water. Our hope and joy should stir the thirsty world like the image of a thick, sizzling steak makes a hungry person salivate. Our compassion, courage, and sense of purpose should awaken spiritual tastebuds in those who our lives touch. The fruits of the Spirit in us should be the means by which the world tastes the Bread of Life and learns the sweetness of the Savior.
The Church is also to be the light of a dark world. We have the only Answer to the acute loneliness and longings that the world feels. By living out of the truth, we shine a ray of light into the darkness that opens people’s eyes to what—or rather Who—they are really missing and gives them the opportunity to learn the path to freedom.
Though light hurts the eyes of a person used to darkness and exposes the ugliness in our hearts that we naturally seek to hide, this pain is like the kindness of a doctor cutting away a cancerous growth. The world may lash out in anger, reject us, or respond with coldness, but we are behaving cruelly if we do not shine the healing Light into their lives regardless of their response.
Love is willing to suffer for the sake of others, so we must also love the world even as Christ loved the world. He, the Dawn from on high, sacrificed His glory and His very life to rescue us from our darkness. So we too must lay down our lives so that His light may shine through us and onto a people living in darkness to set them free.
Light of the World, Living Water, Bread of Life, I want those whose lives I touch to taste and see that You are good through me. I want to be salt and light to a thirsty, blind world, and this is my desire because it is also a holy calling You have given all who are Yours. Make us what You have called us to be as only You can. Show us how to be salt and light as we finish out a semester of school and make plans for the summer. May we enter into this summer taking the time to personally taste and see that You are good, and may we live out of this joyful communion all summer long, inviting others to join us in savoring Your presence. For Your glory I pray. Amen.