Five Ways to Live as Salt and Light in a Dark World

Years ago, I initially wanted to name this blog Salt & Light.  I am passionate about encouraging Christians to shine brightly for God.  However, there were already many sites with salt and light in some related form, and I wanted to do something different.  So, I prayed about it for a while, and one glorious morning, God gave me the idea of, and here we are!Five Ways to Live as Salt and Light in a dark World

As a child in Sunday School, I remember singing “this little light of mine; I’m gonna let it shine”   It’s a cute song with a lovely melody.  I enjoyed singing it, but I’m not sure I truly knew what it meant back then. Since recommitting my life to Christ in September of 2012, I have a new favorite “light” song that has truly inspired me. I will share it at the end of this post!

In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus covered a variety of topics.  In Matthew 5:14-16, Jesus says,You are the light of the world.. Let your let shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works and glorify your Father who is in heaven.”   One of the most important things I realized while recovering from my stroke is that being a Christian is about being a testimony for God.  I wanted to tell anyone I came in contact with about Jesus!  I’d pass out salvation tracts to the nurses at the doctor’s office, give them to my co-workers and even the UPS delivery drivers! I felt in my heart that God allowed me to survive the stroke to share my testimony of faith. It was a little awkward for me at first. However, the more I share, the easier it becomes.  In fact, now I get upset when I feel I missed an opportunity.

Here are 5 ways to live like salt and light as a shining example of our Lord.Five Ways to Live as Salt and Light


Salt and Light Living


1 Live Godly

In 1 Timothy 6:11, the Apostle Paul is instructing his young protege’, Timothy. He says, “pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love..”  As Christians, there should be evidence that a transformation has taken place in our lives.  We have the Holy Spirit living within us.  That is the Light that should shine as a testimony of our Savior. What we say, how we behave, and our attitudes show others who we are in Christ. It is not about being perfect but becoming a true reflection of Jesus Christ Click To Tweet while still here on this earth.


2 Love Unconditionally

Love is a word that sometimes gets tossed around recklessly.  For example, I love that car or ” I love pizza!”  God talks about unconditional, selfless love. Putting Him first and loving others as much as we love ourselves.  In Matthew 22:37-39, Jesus says, You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.  This is the great and foremost commandment.  The second, is like it, “you shall love your neighbor as yourself.”  What a difference it would make in all our relationships if we loved the way God commanded.Five Ways to Live as Salt and Light

I struggle with loving like this.  I’m constantly reminding myself that it is only through God’s power that enables me to love as He does.  Look at this passage that really spoke to me about loving one another and how this glorifies God.

1 Peter 4:8-10“Above all keep fervent in your love for one another because love covers a multitude of sins.  Be hospitable to one another without complaint.  As each one has been blessed with a spiritual gift….by the strength that God supplies so that in all things  may glorify God in Jesus Christ.”

Salt and Light Prayers


3 Listen Quietly

There is a saying that goes, there is a reason God gave us two ears and one mouth, “We need to listen more and talk less!”  Seriously, we need to listen quietly in our conversations with each other and especially in our prayers.  Listen for direction, instruction, and guidance.

Sometimes, it is easy to get caught up reciting a “laundry list” of prayer requests to God.  In my award-winning book on the power of prayer, I refer to how our prayers can sometimes sound like a Santa’s list of requests.  We need to start our prayers with quiet reverence and thanksgiving in our prayers.  Ask God what His will is for us each day.   How can He use us to glorify Him and be a help to someone else?  See the example that God gave us in Matthew 6:9-13, also known as the “Lord’s prayer.Five Ways to Liveas Salt and Light in a Dark World

Lord’s Prayer

9 “Pray, then, in this way: “Our Father who is in heaven, Hallowed be Your name.

10 Your kingdom come. Your will be done, On earth, as it is in heaven.

11 Give us this day our daily bread. 12 And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.

13 And do not lead us into temptation but deliver us from evil, for Yours are the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.”

Can you sense the reverence? It is so essential for us to remember we are entering the throne room of grace when we go to God in prayer. One is usually silent when kneeling before the King. Can you imagine running into the presence of the King rambling off all our thoughts without first listening for the King’s voice? How rude and disrespectful. Any other king would throw us out on our bum! Thankfully, the King of Kings is faithful, loving, kind, and overflowing with mercy.


4 Learn Continually

As believers in Christ, the minute we think we have seen or heard everything, we open ourselves up to attacks from Satan.  Psalm 1:2 states, How blessed is the man that delights in the law of the Lord and meditates in it day and night.” 

Study what you read in God’s word. (I love study bibles!)  Ask yourself: How does this apply to my life? Now I am not walking around everywhere with my head in the clouds singing the Hallelujah chorus all the time, but I have started trying to memorize more scriptures.  So that during those times of trial and testing, they are there a reservoir of God’s peace overflowing my worry or fear.  If there is a particular struggle in your life, find a scripture that relates and memorize so that God’s Word is with you always!


Strength in Humility


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Jesus was the perfect example of humility for us, especially on His way to the cross.  Sometimes, humility is seen as a weakness, but it takes true strength to behave humbly.  We don’t always have to be right or get the last word in.  In Philippians 2:3-5(I need to memorize this!), it reads, Do nothing from selfish or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves. Do not merely look out for your own personal interests but also for the interests of others.  Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus.”

I promised to share with you my new favorite ” salt and light” song.  I heard this song a few years ago, not too long after recommitting my life to Christ. It was like God was reminding me exactly what He wants from me.  How can I shine bright for Him.? The song is called “shine” by Salvador.  A group based out of Austin, Texas.

Remember, wherever God has you at this point in your life, whether as a student, teacher, homemaker, provider, or maybe a preacher.  You are valuable to Him, and He has you here on earth for a reason.  His desire is for us is to represent Him as a testimony of God’s transforming power.   So enjoy the song and live as salt and light, my friend!



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20 thoughts on “Five Ways to Live as Salt and Light in a Dark World”

  1. Great post – I think it’s good to remind ourselves of who we belong to and to live that out in front of others. I am so impressed with your willingness to be so open with your witness. The song was lovely too (I hadn’t heard it before). visiting from #Wednesdaywisdom and I’ll be back to read more 🙂 ~ Leanne

    • Thank you for the visit Leanne! So glad to connect with you today. Yes I agree with you. It is important for me to remember whom I represent. I am leaning on God to help me be a reflection of Him. I cannot do it in my own strength but He is with me every day! So happy you liked the song too:) May God bless you and yours in all your endeavors!

  2. Thank you again for joining us Horace at #WednesdaysWisdom. Your posts are always such good reminders of how we should be living our lives. Have a lovely week.

  3. A wonderful post, Horace. A great reminder of who we really are and what we are supposed to be doing for the Lord. Thank you for sharing with Thankful Thursdays.

  4. Hello Friend, sometimes we take this little things for granted. Personally, we will live longer and happier if we commit to living lovingly.
    Thank you for taking time to put this list together.
    God Bless

    • Thanks again for the visiting Ifeoma. You are so right. The little things are what Jesus wants us to be diligent in. We need to focus on showing a love like He showed. We need to love, support, and encourage each other. Thanks again for visiting and continued blessings to you and yours!

  5. Horace, these are important words, because most of us want to be bright and salty from a safe place of plenty and comfort when the truth is that our saltiest and brightest moments come when we are finding grace to praise God and trust Him in the midst of trouble.
    Blessings today!

  6. Horace, beautiful message about being a light in this world. I read recently that to represent Christ is to re – present Him. In other words, our actions should be Christ like. Thank you, Horace, for sharing your heart at #IntentionalTuesday on Intentionally Pursuing. : )

    • Yes Crystal! It is my heart’s desire to “re- present” Christ every day in order that He is glorified! Thanks again for allowing me to share on #IntentionalTuesday on Intentionally Pursuing. Many blessings to you and yours!

  7. That’s a great song, Horace, I don’t think I’ve ever heard it before. Thanks for sharing. Wow, didn’t realize you’d had a stroke. PTL for healthier days. Your posts are so refreshing to read; your heart is right there on the page, so eager to share the good news. I put your blog on my list of sites I try to frequent every so often. Thanks for sharing. ~ best to you ~

    • Thanks for the visit and the words of encouragement Brenda. What a blessing you are! I loved that song the moment I heard it! It really speaks to me as a reminder of why God allowed me to survive the stroke. He wants me to share the “good news” of the gospel to encourage my fellow believers and hopefully point the unsaved to Christ. I am humbled and thankful that He has guided me every step of this blog. It has been such a joy meetings believers like yourself you are not ashamed of the gospel. Thanks again for the visit. Many blessings to you and yours:)

    • Thanks Robbie for your visit and your comment. It’s been said that the best communicators often excel at listening. Who better to listen to than God? He will never steer us wrong and I want Him glorified in all that I do. Thanks again for the visit. Blessings to you and yours in 2016!

  8. Horace, good, sound advice on how to be salt and light. I think loving our neighbor is so important; love is often what softens someone’s heart for Christ. I know as I work in hospice and palliative medicine and bereavement, sometimes the hardest hearts take notice of unconditional love. I like to view it as love opening the door for the gospel to enter. Isn’t that what God the Father did? He commended His love towards us in that while we were sinners, Christ died for us. We love Him because He first loved us. May we shed that love abroad in the lives of those we meet that we may then have opportunity to share the Source of that love.

    • Amen, Donna. Christlike love conquers even the hardest of hearts. The world needs to see and experience that kind of love. It is even more important during these unprecedented times. Thanks for visiting, sweet sister. May God continue to give you strength and wisdom as you serve in the most difficult of circumstances. Hospice is tough! Blessings to you.


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