Why should people put Jesus’ teachings of being the salt and light of the world into practice in real life?
Step 2: Teacher carries out the ‘Why should one be the salt and light of the world?’ activity. Help students understand that being the salt and light brings us happiness and also helps us self-actualise.
Teacher asks students to form groups of four and hands out ‘Worksheet 2 (Who will be benefited?)’ to each of the groups.
Teacher asks students to discuss with reference to the cases on the worksheet:
In his teachings of being the salt and the light of the world, Jesus preached that people should contribute themselves to make the world better. Discuss what talents the characters in the cases can develop to change the world.
Analyse the impact of being the salt and light of the world on people’s living (Teacher distributes ‘Students’ Reference: Material 2’: Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs) and lead students to think about what needs are being satisfied)
After discussion, teacher invites groups to present their ideas.
Step 3: Teacher goes further to discuss with students:
What are the differences between satisfying the basic needs (e.g. physiological needs, safety needs) and satisfying needs in the higher levels (e.g. self-actualisation needs)? In what ways are the two different in terms of the meaning and the quality of life?
How should people regard self-happiness and happiness for all?
How would you comment on contributing oneself to make the world better by being the salt and light of the world?
To be the Salt and Light of the World Activity Two 2-2
Step 4: Teacher summarises:
Through his teachings of being the salt and light of the world, Jesus tried to explain that achieving happiness for all is the key to the coming of the Kingdom of God.
When people are willing to step forward and care about the happiness of the entire world, they can satisfy the self-actualisation needs through which the quality of life will be enhanced and their life will become more meaningful.
To be the Salt and Light of the World Activity Three 2-1