To demonstrate the influence Christians should make on this world Jesus used two common
illustrations of salt and light. G. Campbell Morgan once said “The world needs salt because it is
corrupt and it needs light because it is dark. We are God’s salt to retard corruption and … More
The ultimate purpose for following Jesus is to become fishers of men. God loves people, and He wants us to draw as many as we can to Him; it is not His will that any should perish (II Peter 3:9). But how will He make us effective fishermen? The answer is found in an understanding of fishing methods of Christ’s day. Peter and Nathaniel were fishing with nets during the day. That is when Jesus called them. However, James and John were mending their nets, indicating that they fished at night, which can be far more effective. God’s way to fish is to attract people with being like salt for everyone on earth (v. 13). Then Christ’s light in us can then draw them in with nets of love. It is for the purpose of drawing people to Christ that Jesus said, “Ye are the light of the world” (v. 14) and Paul wrote, “walk as children of light“ (Eph. 5:8).
The intensity of the brightness of our light is directly proportional to our meditation day and night, because Scripture itself is light. When it becomes a living part of our lives, we increase our brightness. “The entrance of thy words giveth light“ (Psalm 119:130) and “...it giveth light unto all that are in the house” (v. 15). It is especially significant that God relates His commandments to the function of light: “The commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes” (Psalm 19:8). At night, the fishermen in Jesus’ day suspended lamps out from the boat and attracted fish to the light. Scripture states that the word of God is a “lamp” and a “light“ (Psalm 119:105). Let’s turn up our light (v. 16) by intensifying our meditation day and night! Jesus said that He had come to fulfill the law (v. 17). Where the law had degenerated into legalism by the Pharisees, Jesus takes the law beyond outward observance and shows the real inner spiritual intention of God. Heaven and earth must disappear (v. 18); we will become the least important (v. 19) but we must obey God (v. 20).
Is my light bright enough to attract others to Christ, and do I have enough love to draw them in?
"You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people's feet. "You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven. "Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. For truly, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not an iota, not a dot, will pass from the Law until all is accomplished. Therefore whoever relaxes one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do the same will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever does them and teaches them will be called great in the kingdom of heaven. For I tell you, unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven."
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Matthew 2:1-12The Anticipation of the Messiah
Matthew 2:13-23Flight to Egypt
Matthew 3:1-6The Preparation of The Messiah
Matthew 3:7-12The Pharisees and Sadducees
Matthew 3:13-17The Baptism of Christ
Matthew 4:1-11Three Major Tests
Matthew 4:12-17Persecution of Followers
Matthew 4:18-25Ministry in the Synagogues
Matthew 5:1-12Sermon on The Mount
Matthew 5:13-20Fishing For Men
Matthew 5:21-26Anger is Murder in The Heart
Matthew 5:27-32Divorce And Remarriage
Matthew 5:33-42Unfair and Unreasonable Treatment
Matthew 5:43-48Love Your Enemies
Matthew 6:1-4How to Giving?
Matthew 6:5-18Practice of Prayer
Matthew 6:19-24The Love of Wealth
Matthew 6:25-34Do Not Worry
Matthew 7:1-6Judging And Hypocrisy
Matthew 7:7-12The Golden Rule
Matthew 7:13-23A Professing Christian vs a True Christian
Matthew 7:24-29Building on the Right Foundation
Matthew 8:1-17Healing Miracles of Christ
Matthew 8:18-27Motives of Service
Matthew 8:28-34Jesus Transfers Demons to Pigs