‘You are the salt… You are the light.’ Matthew 5:13–14 NKJV
Do the people you study with or work for know that you’re a follower of Christ? What do they think of your attitude towards those in authority? Are you critical or complimentary towards the people around you? Do you arrive at school and work on time and give 100%? Do you demonstrate a commitment to personal growth and excellence in everything you do? In other words, are you making Jesus look good?
When you begin to think seriously about it, the eternal destiny of some of your friends may be riding on your performance. Right now, they may not be too interested in what you have to say about God. But all of that can change in an instant. When your friends face a crisis in life like a family death, depression or their parents’ divorce, , they want someone with real answers. That’s when they seek out followers of Jesus, because nobody else around them has answers that work.
Jesus said: ‘You are the earth’s salt. But if the salt should become tasteless, what can make it salt again? It is completely useless and can only be thrown out… and stamped under foot. You are the world’s light—it is impossible to hide a town built on the top of a hill. Men do not light a lamp and put it under a bucket. They put it on a lamp-stand and it gives light for everybody… Let your light shine like that in the sight of men. Let them see the good things you do and praise your Father in Heaven.’ (Matthew 5:13–16 PHPS)
SoulFood: Deut 32:29–34:12 Mark 5:11–20 Ps 119:49–56 Pro 17:18–21
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