Recently I was on a United Airlines flight and I needed to use the restroom, so I was standing in the galley of the plane waiting for the restroom to open up. While waiting, I noticed a sign on one of the catering doors. We all know that United Airlines’ motto is “Come fly the friendly skies”. The sign I saw said, “You are the friendly skies.” That is really true: United Airlines is only as good as the people who run the airline and work at the airline.
In the sermon on the mount, Jesus looks all the people in the eye—looks you and I in the eye—and says, “You are the salt of the earth. You are the light of the world.” You want to say, “No, that's your job, Jesus, you are the light of the world. We are followers of the light.” But God says, “No, you become like me. You become what is necessary for me to be dressed up in skin like you.” We become the very presence of God by our actions, our hearts, our minds, and our values. I love that: “You are the friendly skies.” Let me just say this again, “You are the salt of the earth.” And it’s Christ in you that gives you the ability to be that.