Matthew 5:13-16

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What Jesus Says

Read Matthew 5:13-16
Food is something a lot of us take for granted. It gives us a reason to gather. It helps connect strangers and friends. It’s the focal point to some of our favorite holidays. And - food sustains us. We need it to live.
All too often we forget about all that food is except for this one thing – taste. When we hear the words ice cream, steak or homemade anything, our minds instantly think about how delicious food is.
Food tastes. It was meant to taste. We couldn’t imagine food not tasting. For those who’ve lost their taste due to Covid, you know how terribly wrong it feels to eat Chick-Fil-A and have it taste the same as cottage cheese. That is messed up!
When we read this passage in Matthew, we see ourselves being compared to the most popular seasoning – salt. Seeing this reminder to be salt and light to the world, we understand what Scripture is saying. Many times, we put it on ourselves to do better.
            “I’m just not loving those around me like I should.”
            “I need to be doing more.”
            “I feel inadequate to be salt and light when my own life is a mess.”
Whatever the thoughts (which for sure have some merit), one of the greater dangers is to fall into thinking that you have got to ‘dig deep.’ You have to find the strength and ability to step up your game.
This is ultimately a losing battle. God never designed for you or me to rely upon our own strength or will-power to be who we’re meant to be.
You are the salt of the earth.
You are the light of the world.

This is who you are. Before we get to the ‘how should I be living’ question, we have to answer the ‘who am I’ question.
When you come to know Jesus and have his Holy Spirit living in you – you are the salt and light of the world. Why? Because you have a different source of power within you. You no longer have to tap into your own well, but you now get to drink freely from a spring – a spring of living water that will never end.
Through faith in Jesus, we are adopted as his own, and he calls us his children. He gives us his strength, his power, and guides us in all areas of our life. So, let him. Stop trying to live for God and start living from God. Let’s be salt and light this week because in Jesus, that is who we are.
Garrett Crown | Student Ministries Associate

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