Read thru the New Testament 2018
Thoughts about God for My Grandkids
Bible Reading: Matthew 5:1-26
Jesus used two very common items to illustrate that our lives have an affect on other people. As His followers, we should always be conscious of what kind of an affect we are having.
It is interesting that He used salt as an illustration. He says that it can lose its flavor. That happens when something else gets mixed in with it. We might say that it was contaminated. Now, it was no longer useful. When we live for Christ we bring His love, and goodness, and joy, and forgiveness…to the lives of those that we know. But if our life becomes contaminated by sin…then we lose our flavor, our witness for Christ.
He also used light as an illustration. Who would ever think of turning on a light and then covering it up with a basket? If you do that, then it does no good. Our light is the godly life that we live. It dispels the darkness and reveals the truth. Here, Jesus says that our light is not to bring attention to ourselves, but to God. As people watch us live they see all that God has done and is doing in us…and as a result they think more highly of Him, than ever before. However, if we don’t live a godly life, that sin is like a basket that covers the light.
Thoughts about God for My Grandkids:
Years ago, people would sometimes work for a company as a salesperson…but they didn’t work in a store. Instead, they went door-to-door, house-to-house, in neighborhoods and way out on country roads trying to sell products for the company. I heard about one man who was selling hair products. He had brushes and combs, shampoos and conditioners, and a whole box full of other products. One day, he was talking to a man who was bald…he had lost almost all of his hair. He was trying to convince him that if he would buy the hair tonic it would cause his hair to grow back in. He was a very pushy salesman and just wouldn’t take “No” for answer. Finally, the man became frustrated with the salesman and said, “No, no, no, I am not going to buy the hair tonic that is supposed to make my hair grow back.” The salesperson said, “Well, why not?” The man replied, “Because you’re bald!” Surely, if the bald salesman had a hair tonic that would make hair grow back…he would have used it, himself. The fact was, what he was saying did not match up with what he was doing.
Jesus taught that the things we say and the things we do…should be the same. We shouldn’t say one thing…and then do another. For instance, don’t tell people that we should love each other…and then go around and say bad things about someone, or make fun of someone, or bully someone. If you do that…then what you said we should do and what you did don’t match up. What happens then? People won’t trust you. They won’t believe what you have to say. So then, when you try to tell them about Jesus…they won’t believe that, either. And it could get even worse. They may decide that since you cannot be trusted when you talk about Jesus…that anyone else who talks about Jesus cannot be trusted, either.
Jesus said that your words and your life should be like salt. When you put salt on food…it makes it taste better. When people are around you…it should make their life better. Why? Because it’s as if they are with Jesus, Himself. Through you they learn about His love, and goodness, and joy, and forgiveness.
He also said that we should be like light. When you turn on a light in a dark room…it helps you see what all is around you and where you can walk. When the light of Jesus shines through you it helps people to see the truth about God. Then they can see life like He does and know how He would have us to live. Don’t let there be anything in your life that keeps you from being salty and shiny!
Love you more than bunches and bunches,