“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.
by: Dale Rood.
Other people will recognize our belief in Jesus Christ as we reflect His light and spread His salt by our living. This is a matter both of influence (salt) and pointing to truth (light). It also is a matter of keeping the “righteous requirement of the law” (see yesterday’s devotion). What is that “righteous requirement”? It is not a matter of being picky in choosing what you can do or cannot do. This is not the jot or tittle (v.18) Jesus referred to. It is embracing what we ought to do more than what we ought not to do.