MATTHEW 5: SALT AND LIGHT
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Once a married couple is pronounced husband and wife, the guy at least is going to spend the rest of his life trying to become what I just told him he was because he knows nothing about being a husband. I pronounce him husband and then he spends the rest of his life trying to become a husband.
It’s the same way in these words of Jesus in Matthew 5: “You are . . . salt and light.” You hear this strange language in this text. You are. Jesus doesn’t say you ought to be salt, you ought to be light.
Nope, He tells us, “You are.” You are the salt of the earth. You are the light of the world. And then what we have to do is spend the rest of our lives trying to be what God has declared that we are. You’re salt and you’re light. So be salty. Give light.
Lord Jesus Christ, help us be salty and give light.
Randy Harris teaches theology, ethics, and preaching at Abilene Christian University in Abilene, Texas. He has authored several books and co-authored books with Greg Taylor, including Living Jesus: Doing What Jesus Says in the Sermon on the Mount.