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Day 4

Day 4 Think of the implications - you have a great purpose in God's plan and

Think of the implications - you have a great purpose in God's plan and you have it all the time in every place you go! It does not matter whether you are rich or poor, highly educated or not, tall or short, etc, etc. You are an invaluable part in God's great plan! What incredible privilege citizens of the Kingdom of Heaven have been granted by their King, Jesus Christ! This is a privilege we should not only cherish but one that should also create in us a sense of divine accountability. We are stewards of salt, so to speak, and one day we will give an account for how salty we were (2Cor 5:10). The King does not give us an option at this point but calls us to a central responsibility to be salt to the world about us.

Have you already burned bridges in some of your relationships that will be difficult to rebuild? What would it take to reopen a relationship with those you may have wounded, insulted or walled out? Would you be willing to ask forgiveness, or to approach those who have hurt you, with forgiveness? It is crucial to the Kingdom for you to do so, if those situations exist in your life.a central responsibility to be salt to the world about us. Christians should not blend in

for you to do so, if those situations exist in your life. Christians should not blend

Christians should not blend in with everyone else (the world). Instead, we should affect them positively - just as seasoning brings out the best flavor in food. Discuss what it means to blend in with the world, and what we can do to affect people positively.

Day 5

world, and what we can do to affect people positively. Day 5 List the benefits of

List the benefits of Salt:

List the benefits of Light:

How does your life compare to those in the World? In Jesus' prayer to His Father, He explains why believers are not just automatically taken up to heaven when they are saved. We have a distinct purpose as He relates in His prayer "I have given them (those who are "the salt and light") Thy word; and the world has hated them (Matthew 5:10; 5:11; 5:12), because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. I do not ask You to take them out of the world, but to keep them from the evil one. They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. Sanctify (set them apart from the world) them in the truth; Your word is truth. As You did send Me into the world, I also have sent them into the world." (John 17:14-18) There it is, Jesus' disciples are sent into the world to be "the salt and light" in the world. What hope does the world have without salt and light? We need to stop focusing on our inabilities and focus on His ability to use us. BE USED UP! Let’s reach the River Valley with Hope and Second Chances that only come from our Father…

If you say that you are a Believer, and a follower of Jesus, then it is time to allow Him to season your life with His love, His touch and His gentle voice. Today, take this challenge: move TOWARD people today. Open your eyes to the opportunities that abound, to be Christ to those you meet. Everyone, from the attendant at the gas station, to your boss, to your spouse and children, to the neighbor who is mowing his lawn as you walk to your mailbox. Everywhere you turn, opportunities to be the salt that gives life, zest and meaning await you. Don’t waste another opportunity to relate to others with the New Life in Christ that is in you!Hope and Second Chances that only come from our Father… Matthew 5:13 - 16 Salt &

relate to others with the New Life in Christ that is in you! Matthew 5:13 -

Matthew 5:13 - 16 Salt & Light - Tasteless salt and hidden light are good for nothing! Salt arrests decay in our world and light banishes darkness. Salt is hidden but light is visible. Both are needed in the world and both must give themselves, in order to serve.

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in order to serve. Volume 2 Number 19 E NGAGED May 8 - 14 Matthew 5:13

Matthew 5:13

"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 men ”

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Day 1

Day 1 In Matthew 5:13, 14, 15, 16, before laying out His sermon, Jesus explained in

In Matthew 5:13, 14, 15, 16, before laying out His sermon, Jesus explained in two word pictures the reality that a truly righteous person will have on his or her world. The entire sermon, including the Beatitudes before and the many teachings after, shows us how to live as "salt and light" in the world, as representatives of another kingdom. These word pictures also serve Matthew's purpose—to encourage believers to change their world. Ask yourself this question and then qualify the answer: How am I making my world more like the Kingdom of Heaven?

This week’s verse points to the quality of our involvement as we relate to others. If you are the “salt” in the relationship, you should, as a Believer, bring a quality to your relationships that would not be there otherwise. Can you honestly say that what you add to your relationships could be equated to what salt does for food?How am I making my world more like the Kingdom of Heaven? You are the salt

relationships could be equated to what salt does for food? You are the salt of the

You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? Matthew 5:13 Discuss with your family what it means to be the salt of the earth. Discuss how the salt might lose its flavor, and last, discuss how it could be seasoned. Ask yourself today, how much of an effort am I making to affect the world for God?

Day 2

of an effort am I making to affect the world for God? Day 2 Don't miss

Don't miss a key principle in Jesus' metaphors of salt and light. Citizens of the Kingdom of Heaven impact society because they are different (not weird or bizarre, but distinct) from the Kingdom of this World. When salt and light try to accommodate and/or be conformed by the Kingdom of this World, they lose their distinctiveness and their potential to impact the decay and the darkness of this world which is passing away. In Revelation, John records the triumphant cry in Revelation 11:15. Until then, God has left Believers in the Kingdom of Darkness as Light, and Decay as Salt, to dispel the darkness and combat decay, as peacemakers giving out the Word of hope - a Word that in some will birth new life and to others will cause them to hate and persecute you. What signs in the world around you display hope to the hopeless? What could you do to

declare that hope?

This is your calling!

What relationships do you have that depend on you to bring a Christian perspective to? Who do you work with or go to school with, that may not get a picture of Christ any other way? Consider your relationship to them today as you get opportunities to interact.could you do to declare that hope? This is your calling! If a seasoning has no

to them today as you get opportunities to interact. If a seasoning has no flavor, it

If a seasoning has no flavor, it has no value. If Christians make no effort to affect the world around them, we are worthless.

Day 3

to affect the world around them, we are worthless. Day 3 You are the salt of

You are the salt of the earth. "You", as salt and light of His Kingdom; not governmental institutions, not educational institutions, not organizations, but "you" and

"you alone" are the salt and light of the earth. Note that in this section, Jesus shifts from

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person "you". He shifts from character to influence. The point is that those who live out the Beatitudes (Mt 5:3-12) in the power of the Spirit ARE "the salt & light of the earth". "Are" is in the indicative mood, which is the mood of reality. In other words, they really are the specific salt factor in this world. The present tense expresses a constant condition and indicates that saltiness is to continually be the lifestyle of every citizen of the Kingdom of Heaven, every day of their life on earth. Therefore, is it ever appropriate to drop your guard as a Believer? How important is it to strengthen your guard? What can you do, to do that?

"those" ("blessed are those

Do you miss opportunities to be the voice, hands or feet of Christ in your relationships? What barriers do you put up that may cause people to get a wrong picture of what it’s like to be a follower of Jesus? This is part of what is meant by the salt losing its “saltiness”. Consider today how “salty” your interactions are.you do, to do that? "those" ("blessed are those Let's start off today with a question.

Consider today how “salty” your interactions are. Let's start off today with a question. How much

Let's start off today with a question. How much am I like the world? In this verse we read that if we are too much like the world, we are worthless. In the verse it says "it is then good for nothing."