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Salt & Light



13 “You are the salt of the earth; but if salt has lost its taste, how can its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything, but is thrown out and trampled under foot.

14 “You are the light of the world. A city built on a hill cannot be hid. 15 No one after lighting a lamp puts it under the bushel basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.

Matthew 5:13-16



Have we brought out the God-flavor in the world around us or do we just settle for the world’s norms? Do we bring the light of salvation with us when we enter a room or join a group? Do we taste salty and does the world desire living water because of interaction with us? Have we hidden our God-given light under a bushel just to go down the path of least resistance?


Find a light in your home. Also get some salt and pour a bit on a spoon or a plate, into which you can dip your finger.

Get comfortable and then gaze at the light. Take just a very small pinch of salt—not too much. Now touch these fingers to your tongue. Take in the taste, the feel on your tongue and in your mouth, the reaction of your body and thoughts to this taste.

Could this be anything but salt? Jesus compares those who follow his teachings to light and salt, elements and experiences that are undeniably east to identify. When the world experiences us, should it not say, could this be anything but a Christian?  How are there areas in your life that are like salt and light?  Where are there spaces, places or relationships where you need to Spirit of Life to transform and free you to be more welcoming of the illuminating, preserving and transformative aspects of salt and light in your life?


Extracted from a service created by Rev. Thomas Spence, at

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This entry was posted on February 12, 2016 by in Devotions, Uncategorized.
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