“You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt has lost its taste (purpose), how can it be made salty? It is no longer good for anything, but to be thrown out and walked on by people [when the walkways are wet and slippery].
You are the light of [Christ to] the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden; nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good deeds and moral excellence, and [recognize and honor and] glorify your Father who is in heaven” (Matthew 5:13-16).
You are salt and light. Inside every believer is a well-lit lamp – a beacon of hope to the outside world. You are flavorful and seasoned. Offering a delightful taste to a treasured hope, you walk the earth with a savory step. Salt and light.
As the sun lowers, its illuminating light casts beautiful shades of red, orange, yellow, and golden soft hues; as the light disappears, night blankets the earth with shadows and darkness. Well-lit homes dot the landscape and streets through windows shimmering and shining with electrical current. Offering comfort, warmth, and sight in a dark, thick night, light calms and draws us closer to home.
Like a warm, rosy fire on a cold night or the soft glow of a candle burning in the window, light seems to ease our hearts. Christ’s description of light – a well-lit Christian – draws us closer to Him as He shines through us in a dark world. The light we offer the world should never be veiled as Moses’ face, who stood in the presence of God and radiantly glowed from God’s glory. Our faces should never cast a shadow of shame of the Gospel or cover the love of Christ. Christians are to be that lighthouse to a lost ship, the glow of a warm fire to the cold heart, and a well-lit home to a lost traveler.
The light within us is a reflective light. We reflect the light of Christ for He is the Light of the World. This light we have should never be put under a basket or hidden, but is to shine before men so they may glorify God. Christians should be using their gifts and talents to serve the Lord, filled with the fruits of God’s Spirit, and used as the hands and feet of Christ. We are not to hide or veil what God has freely given us, but are to stand out in a dark world.
Never veil your face or cover what great things God has done for you, but use your testimony – the test you have walked through – to bring others to the kingdom of God. We are to be humble and gentle, giving a word for our faith respectfully. Believers are called to be patient and honest, joyful and kind. A well-lit Christian is full of the Holy Spirit and His fruits: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness, and self-control.
Not only is the church to be well-lit to those lost in darkness, but salty and flavorful. In the ancient world, the main function of salt was a preservative. Salt preserved food, especially meat, so the tender substance wouldn’t spoil – attracting insects, rodents, and germs. We are to hold to the truth of the Gospel, preserving and guarding our hearts with Christ’s Word. Christians are to be discerning truth from the world, preserving God’s presence in our lives.
Salt is also a spice or condiment. Christianity brings zest to our lives. Believers never know what God may do on any given day, whom they may meet, or where God may send them. I have had several friends feel the call to mission work. They have traveled to Africa, the Caribbean, and Asia answering the call to spread the Gospel. It truly is amazing how God moves through the lives of His people, flavoring and blessing those wherever we go. We are to be the spice to blandness, the flavoring to boring, and the tasteful to dullness.
The Titus 2 woman is a well-lit and savory Christian. She teaches sound doctrine, preserving her faith. She worships reverently and devoutly. This woman never gossips or slanders rushing to conclusions, but always believers the best of every Christian. The Titus 2 woman has self-control, is spiritually mature, and offers godly counsel. She is the one we go to for prayer, she is the one we seek for advice, and she is the one we look to for guidance. The Titus 2 Christian woman is biblically sound and trains the younger generation, leading by example. She is poised, full of integrity, loving to her family, and maintains her devotion to the Lord and her husband. Full of God’s bright light, she is always looking for a way to bless those around her.
The Christian woman is salt and light, but as the Titus 2 woman, we’ve had to walk through trials and tribulations to become salt and light. I do not believe anyone is born with these abilities to be Christ-like, but are learned through the experience, relationship, and connection with God. We will all walk through difficult times, but I pray to be this Titus 2 woman who persevered and maintained her love of God. How do we become salt and light, maintaining our hope, faith, and love of Christ through challenges? I think this description of rock salt will enlighten us. Notice the italicized and underlined words I have emphasized.
The process of manufacturing rock salt is interesting. “Underground salt deposits are usually discovered by prospectors searching for water or oil. When salt is detected, a diamond-tipped, hollow drill is used to take several regularly spaced core samples throughout the area. These samples are analyzed to determine if salt mining would be profitable.
When a site is selected for mining, shafts are sunk into the center of the salt deposit. Then a machine that looks like a gigantic chain saw is used to cut a slot about 6.0 inches (15 cm) high, about 66 feet (20 m) wide, and about 10 feet (3 m) deep into the salt at floor level. This process is known as undercutting. A series of holes are drilled into the undercut salt with an electric drill containing a tungsten carbide bit. These holes are filled with an explosive such as dynamite or ammonium nitrate. Electric blasting caps connected to long wires are attached, and the explosive is detonated from a safe distance. Cutting and blasting are repeated in a pattern that leaves pillars of salt standing to support the roof of the mining area. This is known as the room-and-pillar method and is also used in coalmines.
Chunks of blasted rock salt are transported to an underground crushing area. Here they are passed over a grating known as a grizzly, which collects pieces smaller than about 9 inches (23 cm). Larger pieces are crushed in a rotating cylinder between metal jaws with spiked teeth. The salt is then transported outside the mine to a secondary crushing area where a smaller grizzly and a smaller crusher reduce the particle size to about 3.2 inches (8 cm). At this point foreign matter is removed from the salt, a process known as picking. Metal is removed by magnets and other material by hand.
Rocky material may also be removed in a Bradford breaker, a rotating metal drum with small holes in the bottom. Salt is dumped into the drum, breaks when it hits the bottom, and passes through the holes. Rocky matter is generally harder than salt, so it does not break and does not go through. The picked salt then goes to a tertiary crushing area, where an even smaller grizzly and crusher produce particles about 1.0 inch (2.5 cm) in size. If smaller particles are needed, the salt is passed through a grinder consisting of two metal cylinders rolling against each other. If purer salt is needed, rock salt is dissolved in water to form brine for further processing. Otherwise the crushed or ground salt is passed through screens to sort it by size, poured into bags, and shipped to the consumer.”1
Did you notice how many times the salt is ground, crushed, rolled over, and cut? Did you notice most of the grinding occurs underground? How many trials does it take for the believer to be salt and light? Most of our trials and tests are lonely walks. We walk through dry deserts and lonely places – exactly where Jesus prayed. Refining our saltiness is a process; a challenging process, grinding and pruning, to become this savory spice.
Walking through the test you may be walking through will only increase your light and flavor to the world. Many people are inspired by testimonies of struggle and triumph. My prayer is you are a well-lit and salty believer, journeying through the testimony God has given you to become this Titus 2 woman. Remember, you are the light on a hilltop and the salt of the earth. May God use you for amazing things!