Salt and Light

“You are the salt of the earth… You are the light of the world.” ~Jesus in Matthew 5:13-14

In the past two weeks, I’ve gotten the opportunity to sit under the teaching of Bruce Bickel twice. In the short time I’ve gotten to listen to him, he’s made an incredible impact on my life. A lot of the thoughts in the post, I got from Bruce.

Salt – Jesus said that we are the salt of the earth and light of the world. Bruce Bickel says that our job as salt is to slow down corruption. That’s what salt does. It slows down decay.

As Christians, we should be slowing down the corruption of our work place, our neighborhoods, our cities, our states, our nation, and our world.


In other words, the world should be a better place because you’re in it. Your work place should be a better place because you work there. Your neighborhood should be a better neighborhood because you’re in it.

You may not agree with everything that happens at work, in your city, in your state, or in our nation. So what do you do in that situation? You live your life for God everywhere you go. As a result, you’ll slow down or maybe even stop the corruption.

Light – The greatest thing you can do to make the world a better place as a Christian is to show up everywhere you go. Why? Because wherever you go, you bring God with you. Bruce always says that, “Ministry is not a job. Ministry is who you are, where you are.”  

The purpose of your life is the same as every other Christian on the planet. To show up and glorify God in everything you do, everywhere you go.

You are salt and light. The more you recognize you are salt and light, the more opportunities you’ll see everyday to be salt and light. Make the most of the opportunities that present themselves everyday.


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7 Responses

  1. All very true. And though the words you’ve written seem so obvious, it’s surprising how many Christians don’t get this. Of course, if you’re involved in sin in your personal life, and too many Christians are, you’re not going to feel very much like salt and light OR your sin finds you out and then everyone labels all Christians as hypocrites. In any case, I find that when I’ve listened to Ravi Zacharias’ teaching on apologetics I get this same inspiration…we can and should be salt and light everywhere.

    1. Anne,

      Thanks for commenting. I liked your thought on sin causing us to feel shameful making us think we can’t be salt and light. I think we need to help people transform their thinking in that area. Ravi is great. Where are you from? What do you do?


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