Salt And Light During The Ancient World

1285 Words Sep 5th, 2016 6 Pages
To the average person, salt and light may not sound very significant, but these elements possess great power and have a radical influence on whatever they come into contact with. Salt was a very common substance in the ancient world. Roman soldiers were paid in it, and it carried a high level of value. Salt is seen as a powerful tool, and it served many purposes. It was used as a preservative, healer, and as an agent to enhance the flavor in cooking. Salt means a preserving influence of all that is right, good, honorable, and from above. Salt also makes people thirsty. Jesus is saying to use what we are to show people a different way to live. He wants us to make people thirst for the truth, and thirst for God and His love. We are able to heal those who are in need of a Savior. Jesus said we are to be Salt, and He told us to be Light.

A light is to shine bright. To be an irresistible force that shines through the nothingness of darkness every time. Light has the power to illuminate and expose. Jesus is saying that we are to live a life that illuminates the truth of who He is, through the everyday stuff of life. We are to draw people to Him, the source of all truth, and love and help people come into the light. Jesus declared, “I am the light of the world. If you follow me, you won’t have to walk in darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life” (John 8:12, NLT). Salt and light understand what the real issues are from an eternal perspective. They want their…
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