We often think of Jesus’ teaching as prescriptions for getting to heaven (even though we don’t always follow them). He’s not saying that those who live this way are going to heaven—He is saying that they will be gift for the Kingdom here on earth. What He speaks of are descriptions of a free life: a life free from secular stresses and choices. Jesus’ teaching is very often a description of the final product rather than a detailed process for getting there. When you are able to do and to live those descriptions, this is what holiness looks like. When you act in Gospel ways, “The Kingdom of God is among you.” Jesus doesn’t seem to be concerned about control, enforcement, or uniformity. His priority is proclamation, naming, and revealing. Then He trusts that good-willed people and a reliable, trustworthy God will take it from there. (Let go and let God!)
“If salt loses its taste, with what can it be seasoned?” asks Jesus today. In other words, how can we be salt for those around us if we lose sight of Gospel living? We’re supposed to be the salt for the world, but if we do not live the Gospel, what hope do we have of offering anything new to anyone? We are supposed to be the leaven, raising up those around us. Jesus says, “You are light for the world; a city built on a mountain cannot be hidden.” Our job as Disciples is to be a shining truth; to live the truth as best we can, and let it fall where it may. Words to live by.