Jesus values the church deeply. He values his followers. Simply put, he values us. When someone describes you as the light of the world and the salt of the earth -- and they are not scheming -- you know that you are significant to them. These are the words of Jesus as he gathers his followers and teaches them in full public view: “You are the salt of the earth” (Matthew 5:13). “You are the light of the world” (Matthew 5:14).
Parents are light and salt to their children. Teachers are light and salt to their students. Doctors are light and salt to their patients. But who is the light and salt to everyone on the planet? We are!