This Little Light of Mine (With a Grain of Salt)

“Saltiness and brightness are not qualities the salt and light determine about themselves. They are qualities determined by their maker.”

A few years ago, I decided to give  She Reads Truth a try. It’s an online community of women digging into God’s Word through devotions provided either on their app on via email.

I loved it.

They have one series focusing on the Sermon on the Mount, and the text from Matthew 5:13-16 spoke to me:

 “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.”

I’ve read this passage many times over the years, heard sermons about it, seen the bumper stickers and t-shirts, even sang “This little light of mine.” But I’ve never been this excited about understanding it.

You see, She Reads Truth explained this idea to me in a whole new light (no pun intended).


I found it interesting how, a few verse after telling us to let our lights shine, Jesus warns about not flaunting our faith in front of others (Matthew 6:1). So how do we know when too much is, well, too much? Is there a Bright-O-Meter that will trigger alarms if we flaunt it? Will our Cholesterol levels shoot up if we’re acting too salty?

The author of this devotional stated something that I completely agree with:

“I’m a person who appreciates rules.” 

I don’t like having to guess how far is too far or if I’m being too over the top. I like to know what is expected of me so that I can meet those standards and not cause problems.

But the point of the Sermon on the Mount is to get away from the rules and regulations of the Law and focus in on the heart of the issue: Our hearts. What are our motives in doing what we do?

To quote She Reads Truth,

Following Jesus is more art, less science. It’s not about following rules, it’s about following Him.” 

Isn’t that awesome?

Furthermore, We are commanded to be salt and light, but we don’t determine how salty or bright we are–God does.


Just like the Chef is the one to determine if he adds a teaspoon or tablespoon of salt to his dish and the person screwing in the lightbulb is the one to determine if they use a 50 watt bulb or 500 watt, God determines us. We don’t become saltier by trying harder or brighter by clicking our heels together–we are exactly the way God created us to be, we just need to use what we’ve been given for His glory.

If we focus our hearts on glorifying Him, then we don’t need rules to tell us what to do, or to try harder to be brighter or saltier–

We just need to fall in love with Him.


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