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Heroes Who Changed the World
Stories of Salt and Light


Jesus called his followers "the salt of the earth" and "the light of the world" (Matthew 5:13,14). The two metaphors have little in common. One is eaten, while the other is seen. One was extremely valuable in the ancient world, while the other was common and free. One was a commodity, the other an element.

Here's what they have in common: both transform what they contact. Salt is useless in a saltshaker; light is invisible under a basket. But when they are applied where they are needed, they change what they touch. A small amount of salt flavors a large amount of food.

A tiny light is visible in the darkest room. In fact, the more bland the food, the more obvious the salt. The darker the room, the brighter the light.

Why did Jesus liken us to salt and light?


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