Today’s Reading | Matthew 5
Who You “Are”
What verbs does Christ use in verse thirteen that He also uses in verse fourteen to describe salt and light? Circle the verb in your Bible. How would verses thirteen and fourteen be different if, instead of the verb, are, it was, could be? It would change the whole meaning of what Christ was saying. He is not saying that it is possible, or that we “could be,” or even that we “should be” the salt of the earth and the light of the world. He is, in fact, saying we “are.” Therefore, it should be natural for us in our worlds to do what salt and light does. If we are not salt and light, it is because we have chosen in some way to hinder what we already are. Maybe we say things so we don’t stick out or we laugh at things so people won’t know who we are. What a tragedy to have people not see our good deeds and praise our Father in heaven. How are you hindering yourself from being salt and light? Have you covered up your light so that it barely shines or doesn’t shine at all? Plan now to begin to let what you “are” show forth in your daily living. How can you begin to show to others who you are?
Observation: What do I see?
Interpretation: What does it mean?
Application: How does it apply to me?
Implementation: What do I do?