Salt and Light

As you would expect, there's significant linkage in Scripture between a day and how we are to live as disciples. Here are some texts:
  • But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called "Today," so that none of you may be hardened by sin's deceitfulness.  (Hebrews 3:13)
  • This is the day that the Lord had made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. (Psalm 118:24 ESV)
  • Give us today our daily bread. (Matthew 6:11)
  • Now the Bereans were of more noble character than those is Thessalonica, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to so if what Paul said was true. (Acts 17:11)
  • Whoever wants to be My disciples must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow Me. (Luke 9:23)
  • As long as it is day, we must work the works of Him who sent Me. Night is coming, when no one can work. (John 9:4)
  • Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly are wasting away, inwardly we are being renewed day by day. (2 Corinthians 4:16)
  •  I tell you, now is the time of God’s favor, now is the day of salvation. (2 Corinthians 6:2)
  • Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matthew 6:34)
  • Praise be to the Lord, our God and Savior, who daily bears our burdens. (Psalm 68:19)

Impressive, isn't it?

While the temptation is to look at these things as a daily checklist—that's not what these texts are about. Their overarching appeal is about consistency and character development. We're not checking items off a list as much as we are yielding our lives to God for daily transformation. These attitudes and actions become part of our lives to the point they are more than what we do—they become who we are.

Salt and light isn’t something we do, it’s who we are!

You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.

You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. (Matthew 5:13-14)

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