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What Does It Mean To Be Salt & Light? These 6 Traits Can Transform Your Life

“You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness…It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.”

14 “You are the light of the world…let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven” – Matthew 5:13-16 (NIV)

When God created you, He immediately created something uniquely beautiful. After all, He created you in His own image, and breathed His life into you.  That makes you something wonderful; something miraculous.

When God created the earth, it was formless and empty.  It was not until God said, “Let there be light” that things began to change: there were days and nights, land and seas; vegetation and other living things.

God sees us as a reflection of His light. God’s light changed everything on earth for the better: and He expects those who believe in Him to change things for the better too.


In Matthew 5:14-16, Jesus calls us “The light of the world”. He tells us what He expects of us as bearers of His Light, and of the effect we’re supposed to have on the world:

  1. TO ILLUMINATE; to make things clear,
  2. TO ENERGIZE  and to inspire others to glorify God, and
  3. TO TRANSFORM: our presence in the world becomes the catalyst for change.

And in Matthew 5:13, Jesus also calls us the “salt of the earth.”  As representatives of Jesus Christ, we are:

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  1. TO PRESERVE; to retain the best that God has to offer.  We are to live God’s word and to preserve it in our hearts, while following God’s word also preserves us and keeps us safe.
  2. TO STABILIZE the society in which we live.  Our testimony and our evangelism show others that the best life is lived in Jesus Christ.
  3. TO ENHANCE is to make things better than they are. Through our gifts and through our discipleship, the world must become a better place.  


To be most effective, both salt and light must be pure – and must not be compromised.  Likewise, compromising ourselves through sin makes us ineffective as Jesus’ representatives, and makes us no different than those in the world.

2 Corinthians 6:14-16 tells us that, as people of God, we should have nothing in common with those who live sinful lives.  God warns us about being in agreement with those who do not love or believe in the Lord:

How can light live with darkness? 15 And what harmony can there be between Christ and the devil? How can a Christian be a partner with one who doesn’t believe?…16 For you are God’s temple, the home of the living God (TLB)

God in His word says that only when we separate ourselves from sin can He dwell within us and be a part of us.  He welcomes us as His children when we commit to Him.


So: to live as salt and light is not an option, but a command from God: it’s why He created us! When we believe what God says in His word and we live fearlessly for Him,  faith, honesty, and confidence are required to trust that every word God says is true.

 As salt and light, we transform into the incredible beings God created each of us to be as we share the miracle of Jesus’ resurrection with the world.west angeles logo

SCRIPTURAL REFERENCES:  Matthew 5:13-16, Genesis 1, 2 Corinthians 6:14-16.

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