Matthew 5:13-20 (click for full reading)
“You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.” —Matthew 5:13
I AM THE WHAT?
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I believe that each of us would like our lives to make a difference in this world and not just for ourselves. Nobody hopes that someone will stand up at your memorial service and say, well, he sure worked hard to be successful. She did a good job of acquiring power and money. He sure was anxious and driven and self-preoccupied and polite and respectable.
We want to leave the world a little changed. When it’s time to go, we want someone to say, “my life is a little richer, my world is a little bigger, my faith is a little stronger, I’m a better person because this human being walked the planet for a while. She made a difference. He changed my life.
We don’t want to be space-takers. We don’t want to just be resume-builders. We want to be Difference Makers and that desire to make a difference is one of the most important things about you. It is a gift from God.
Jesus said, “you are the salt of the earth.” Jesus did not say, if you try hard enough, you may one day become the salt of the earth. Jesus said, this is who you were created to be. This is who you are.
Questions to ponder or discuss
1. Do you see yourself the way Jesus sees you? Do you think of yourself as ordinary or extraordinary? How does your self-image affect the way you impact the world?
2. How are you living out your identity as “the salt of the earth?” What difference are you making in the lives of others?
3. What will people say about you at your funeral or memorial service? Do you wish you could be there to hear it?
Every time you see some salt this week, remember what Jesus has declared about you. When you see road salt all over the garage floor or table salt in the kitchen, remember that you are precious and unique and of great value. Then get out there and make a difference!