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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

It’s Not What I Say, But What I Do That Matters

In review of Matthew 5:13 it says, “You are the salt of the earth. But what good is salt if it has lost its flavor? Can you make it salty again? It will be thrown out and trampled underfoot as worthless.”

Bottom Line:
You are salt, but salt is worthless if it has lost its flavor. It cannot be made salty again. You can only throw it away.

What this means to me:
I am much like salt, which adds flavor and even makes one thirsty. But what good am I if I lose my saltiness. There is no way to make salt, salty again, therefore it can only be thrown on the ground and walked on.

Today's verse comes from Matthew 5, where Jesus teaches about salt and light. He tells me that I am the salt of the earth. But what good is salt if it has lost its flavor? Can it be made salty again? Rather it would be thrown out and trampled underfoot as being worthless.

If a seasoning has no flavor, it has no value. If I make no effort to affect the world around me, I am of little value to God. If I am too much like the world, then I'm am worthless. Rather than just blend in, my life should affect others positively, just as seasoning brings out the best flavor in food.

He also tells me that I am the light of the world. In reality, no one lights a lamp and then puts it under something. Instead, it is placed where it can give light to everyone around it. In the same way, I am to let me good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone can praise the heavenly Father.

If I truly live for Christ, I should grow like lights, showing others what Christ is like. It's not good for me to hide my light. I can hide my light by:
. being quiet when I should speak
. going along with the crowd
. denying the light
. letting sin dim my light
. not explaining my light to others
. ignoring the needs of others

I should look to be a beacon of truth and not shut my light off from the rest of the world.

Overall, It is not what I say but what I actually make happen. Actions speak louder than words. Am I stepping up and doing my part for the Kingdom, being salt. I am not to live by the world’s standards but by the commands presented in the Bible. I am to be in the world, but not of the world. I am to be set apart for a higher calling. I am too be so saturated with the love of the Lord that people want to be like me. They too want to know more about Jesus because of what they see in me.

So I should rise to the challenge of the higher standard set before me and know that God’s richest blessings will infiltrate my life in an all-consuming way when I choose to be Kingdom minded.