Jesus uses two powerful metaphors to describe his people. He calls us both salt and light of the world. Both of these substances are valuable and both are useful. However, both are vastly different in the way they approach their respective functions.
“Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.”
We are to help dispel the confusion which we find all around us. Both salt and light are miracles. Wherever there is the least bit of light of the world, darkness is forced to flee. You can be in the darkest place imaginable and just a tiny match, when lit, has the power to drive away all that black, oppressive darkness.
However dark, dank and dreary a day may be. when I am exposed to the people of God I am instantly brightened. A few minutes around a Brother or Sister who is shining with the Light of Jesus in their hearts.
Thank God for the redeemed children of God. They are like a warm ray of light in a dreary place. It was in spite of the fact that it was the Greeks who were known world-wide for their superior knowledge, architecture, art, and philosophy.
Be light of the world just as much as like salt. So the Christian life is a miracle as we were poisoned with sin and sentenced to death, but then Jesus’ death mixed with our death sentence and combined to form redemption.
Jesus said, we are the light of the world; God has deposited His nature inside of us and we are to let it out. There is no greater witness than a born again believer, reflecting the light of the Lord Jesus Christ. There is no more powerful testimony than a life which displays the proof of His presence through the fruit of the Spirit.
The purpose of the light is not to glorify itself. The purpose is to illuminate Jesus and to glorify the Father in heaven.