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Jesus gives us a list of blessings known as the beatitudes. He quickly transitions from these blessing to challenging us to change the world around us. In essence he is telling us to go into the world and be those kinds of people so that we can saturate the communities and societies around us with a Godly presence.
He does this by correlating spiritual influence with the kind of change salt makes as it is added to food. In the same way salt enhances the flavor of food, we as followers of Christ should enhance the people around us.
The Analogy Of Light
14 “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden; 15 nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. 16 Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.
– Matthew 5:14-16
Jesus makes the leap from telling us we should be changing and shaping the culture around us to telling us that as a group, those that are followers of Christ, we have been set apart. We are meant to live with our lives on display for the whole world to see. Continue reading
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Given the volatile state of affairs across the nation, I want to remind those in the Church of something that Jesus taught the disciples.
In Matthew chapter five, We have recorded for us what we know as the sermon on the mount. Matthew records this message beginning with what we call the beatitudes. Jesus highlights a few types of people that are blessed. He mentions the poor in spirit, those who mourn, the gentle, those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, the merciful, the pure in heart, the peacemakers, those who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness, and those who are falsely persecuted. In the progression that Matthew gives us, Jesus, then makes a couple statements that are beneficial for us to hear.
13 “You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt has become tasteless, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled under foot by men
– Matthew 5:13 (NASB)
Jesus began by describing the character qualities that invite God’s blessings. The inference to the disciples is that they should strive to be those kinds of people. As they became these kinds of people, they would have the best opportunity to affect change in the culture around them. Jesus wanted them to take these admirable qualities and saturate the culture around them. Continue reading