14 “You are the light of the world. v A city on a hill cannot be hidden.
15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house.
16 In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.
Just today, i got this light bulb moment, reflecting on these two things. We who are followers of Jesus, are told that we are to be salt of the earth and the light of the world. These entail with them responsibility, engagement and being at some sorts change agents.
But in order for us to function effectively as salt and light requires that we be in places that are deprived or have none of these substances. We only loose the effectiveness of salt and light when they are not in places where salt and light are needed. Neither can we fuction as salt and light in a box, deprived of engagement with the world.
We can only be effective and functional salt and light when we are let loosed in a world where there are none of these substances. If we only mix around with our kind alone how can we be salt. Salt just staying in a jar is useless until one mixes the salt with meat, vegetables or food stuff. The same goes for light, we dont use torch lights in the day light, only when darkness falls, we take out our lights or put on our lights at home.
The only way that salt and light work as they are ment to work are when they are engaged in a situation where they are needed. Where the place has no salt and no light.
Lets reflect on this...so that we bocome what we are called to be. We are only effective witnesses when we are around those who don't know the person we are witnessing of. What use is a witness in a group of people who already know???