Day 211: July 30, 2014

Today's Reading(s)

Matthew 5:13
You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt should lose its taste, how can it be made salty? It’s no longer good for anything but to be thrown out and trampled on by men.

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Sermon on the Mount Reflections
by Roger Severino, Adult Discipleship Minister, Brentwood Campus

Read the scripture above and use the questions below to meditate on today's reading.

Praxis

  1. The Beatitudes we have studied (vv. 1-12) talk about the character of the disciple. The metaphors of salt and light (vv. 13-16) speak of the disciple’s influence. Do you think there is a link between our character and our influence? If so, how would you describe that connection?
  2. In the ancient world, salt was both a preservative and a condiment. As a preservative, salt was rubbed into the meat to slow down its decay so it would last longer. Can you see any ways in which our culture is decaying? If so, how?
  3. How might Christians impact the world in such a way to retard the decaying process and be a preservative in today’s society?
  4. Salt was also a condiment, so something that lacked flavor might be improved with a little salt. As the “salt of the earth,” how might Christians spread out into the world to improve society?
  5. If the salt loses its taste, it is no good for anything but to be thrown out. Have we as Christians lost our “saltiness” today? Salt is only good and can only make an impact if it is distinct in its flavor. Are you living distinct from the world, or do you blend in without any distinctiveness?
  6. What are positive ways Christians should be distinct from the world so we don’t lose our saltiness?
  7. Ask the Lord to help you be both a preservative in the world to slow its decay, and a condiment in the world to make a positive impact on it.
  8. Spend some time memorizing Matthew 5:13. 

About JourneyOn Today

For seven weeks, we'll take a break from our written devotionals and read through the Sermon on the Mount in short passages, allowing us to meditate on these truths for spiritual formation. We'll return to our regular written devotionals on September 8, 2014.