In Matthew 5:13-16 Jesus is laying the foundation for a worldwide challenge that we are to be an influence. The followers of Jesus are to be the salt of the earth and light to the world. Matthew's main purpose in his letter is to convince the Jews that Jesus is their Messiah. Yet, he is making it very clear that the witness and influence of followers of Christ is not restricted to just the Jewish community. So how are we to be an influence in our world?
How can we take these verses seriously if we are not prepared.
This is where lent comes in. When we practice Lent we are intentional.