As followers of Jesus, we continually examine the rhythms of our lives and make adjustments so that we are living as good ambassadors of his Kingdom. As you think about changes you want to see in your life this year, take time to run them through the Salt and Light filter of Matthew 5.
THE FLAVOR OF THE KINGDOM
“You are the SALT of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored?
You can’t see flavor. It’s a quality that you can’t necessarily put your finger on but when you taste it you know right away if it’s good or bad. Your life has a flavor. It comes across in your attitude, your words, your gossip, your questions, where you take conversations, how you treat people, what you say about people when they are not around, etc. All of that stuff adds up to your own individual flavor profile. And that flavor is hard to fake. The best way to bring the true flavor of the Kingdom to your neighborhood is for you to spend time with the King so that he can change you from the inside out.
THE GLOW OF THE KINGDOM
“You are the LIGHT of the world…let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.
Can you imagine living in a world with no light? That would mean a lot of stubbed toes…and worse. The actions of your life give off a glow. Things like selfishness and greed and isolation are from the dark side. Kingdom behaviors like hospitality, sharing and generosity bring light. They show people what life in the Kingdom with Jesus really looks like.
Here are two questions for you to ponder as you plan the start of the New Year:
- What flavor will my life add to the neighborhood this month?
- What glow will my actions give off in the neighborhood this month?
Kick these questions around for a little while. Ask the Holy Spirit to give you two specific steps to take in January to help you live as Salt and Light in your neighborhood. Looking forward to a great 2023 with you,