Jesus says in Matthew 5:13-16, “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. 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. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”
Most likely you have read or heard these words from Jesus. They are near the beginning of his Sermon on the Mount. In these words, you can hear the urgency that Jesus has for impacting the world around us.
His symbolism is apparent, yet powerful. We should be people of change. Salt changes food for the better. Can you imagine having french fries without salt? Or have you ever tried a fresh steamed vegetable without salt? Salt changes food for the better. In the same way, light brings hope to the darkness. When the power goes out at night, you wouldn’t light candles and turn on flashlights, and then put them under a bowl. Light is only beneficial when it is placed in the dark.
What do these words have to do with your small groups? I believe that Jesus is urging us beyond the study. Small groups do a great job in fostering community and relationships that grow our spiritual walk; however, we shouldn’t stop at that. What is the point in building each other up and growing in our faith if we don’t then try to do the same for others? That would be like being salt and never touching food or being light and hiding under a bowl.
In your groups, encourage, strengthen, and grow with one another! But don’t stop there. Jesus is urging us beyond the study and into the world. As you grow in your group, discuss ways, as a group, that you can help the community. Discuss ways that you can spread the news of Jesus. Be the salt and light.