“You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt has lost its taste (purpose), how can it be made salty? It is no longer good for anything, but to be thrown out and walked on by people [when the walkways are wet and slippery."
Matthew 5:13 AMP
I've heard this described in so many ways over the years, and mostly chose to look at it in the spiritual context, that we are salt and our lives bring life and flavor, joy to those around us. We are to bring a substance that satisfies but brings life. Too much salt is repulsive, but not enough is as well.
I decided to look up some history and understanding on salt, and the summary of that would be that salt if it is mixed with the earth, or put on the soil becomes worthless and loses it's flavor entirely. But when it's connected to and remains close to the rock it comes from it maintains it's flavor and substance. That was very interesting!! When we get filled with mixture, it becomes worthless and our message lacks flavor or preserving power. Connected to the source, we don't get mixed with other substances and the world. We keep our truest identity connected to Christ, our rock.
You are the light of [Christ to] the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden; nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good deeds and moral excellence, and [recognize and honor and] glorify your Father who is in heaven."
Matthew 5:14-15 AMP
This is such a good picture of who we are and what we should be seeing everyday. We are drawn to light, and most people are. We get excited when the lights come back on after a power outage, and use candles or other light sources to keep ourselves from being in the dark. Darkness feels very alone, and we're not called to stay in that. We are called to be light, family, joy, love. We look like who and what we set our gaze on, and we can either be filled with light or with darkness.
Let's not only remain in the light, but be light so others who see us, see our good works, see our creativeness see Christ. They are drawn to the Light, and therefore encounter the Lord as they are drawn out of the dark.
How have you seen your life, what you share bring light and life?
Misty L. Chladek
CREATOR/FOUNDER OF COMMUNITY OF CHRISTIAN CREATIVES
Watercolor artist, author, community builder, wife, lover of plants and the outdoors, daughter of the King of Kings.
She is a community builder on Instagram @communityofchristiancreatives and continues her artwork at @mistyleacreations. Her book Love Letters of Jesus, which can be found on most online stores and her website, is the story about how God healed her of severe childhood diseases and is a testimony to God's goodness through the struggles.
Here you will find a mix of encouraging and inspirational articles written from members within the Community of Christian Creatives.