Preaching input wanted – Matthew 5

My next preaching passage is this short one from the sermon on the mount in Matthew 5.

13 “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 by men.

14 “You are the light of the world. 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.”

My initial thoughts:

  • salt and light make a difference. Salt makes food tastier and brings out the flavour. It also preserves. Light allows people to see clearly.
  • The point of being salt and light is to bring people to praise the Father.
  • the passage also seems to be about influence. There are many people we have influence over. What sort of influence is it? Are we influencing in order to praise the Father or for our own gain?

I’d value any insights!

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