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Salt Life

READ: Matthew 5:13-16 (Jesus speaking)

Let me tell you why you are here. You’re here to be salt-seasoning that brings out the God-flavors of this earth. If you lose your saltiness, how will people taste godliness? You’ve lost your usefulness and will end up in the garbage. “Here’s another way to put it: You’re here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world. God is not a secret to be kept. We’re going public with this, as public as a city on a hill. If I make you light-bearers, you don’t think I’m going to hide you under a bucket, do you? I’m putting you on a light stand. Now that I’ve put you there on a hilltop, on a light stand—shine! Keep open house; be generous with your lives. By opening up to others, you’ll prompt people to open up with God, this generous Father in heaven. (The Message)

Salt.  It changes everything it touches. Put salt in water and you cannot drink it. Put a lot of salt in water and people who would otherwise sink can only float. Add salt to food and you bring out the flavor. Add salt to meat and it is preserved without spoiling. Add salt to wounds and they are cleansed, BUT man does it hurt!

Jesus compared Christians living in the world to salt. Interesting.  If salt changes everything it touches, would should the result of Christians living in the world be?

Jesus warns Christians about “losing their saltiness”.  God wants our lives to impact the world around us with the Gospel.  Jesus’ statement implies there are life choices we can make that neutralize our impact.  What type of life choices would make a Christian less salty?

Jesus also compares us to light.  What a great compliment since He also said of Himself, “I am the light of the world”.  In what ways are we light to the world, and what is the Christian equivalent of hiding a light under a bucket? 

Do you have trouble being outspoken about your faith in Jesus?  Why or why not?

How often do you find yourself discussing Jesus with non-believers? What would you change about this?

What can you do to be more open about your faith? 

Are there any life choices you’ve made that interfere with your ability to be salt and light?  Take time in prayer to talk to God about all of this and ask for His help.

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