Last week, we learned about the importance of obedience in our walk with Christ in order to experience His amazing plans for our lives. Today, we dive into the second part of this series, “Yesterday’s King.” My prayer is that you find the courage to maintain your obedience to Christ, so you can truly embrace God’s best for your lives.
In Matthew 5, the Bible tells us that God made Christians different…with flavor!
Jesus called us the salt of the Earth. As the salt, we’ve been set apart from the blandness of the world. As the salt, our job is to step up, take charge, and dare to be different. So, how do we do that?
We can start by looking to the Bible for specific examples of leaders who truly embraced their roles as the salt of the Earth.
In Exodus 14, Moses led the Israelites away from Egypt, through the sea. The people were probably terrified, and looked to their leader, Moses, to guide the way. Exodus 14:21 tells us “Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea; and the Lord caused the sea to go back by a strong east wind all that night, and made the sea into dry land, and the waters were divided.” (NKJV)
When Moses obeyed God, he was able to lead the Israelites safely and with confidence. Before they got into the thick of things, God fixed it because they were obedient to Him.
Likewise, when you believe in your unique abilities as a Christian, you honor your worth. You live with confidence in what God can do through you.
However, there may be times in your life where your problems seem insurmountable and you’re left standing at the water’s edge wondering what to do next. What do you do when the circumstances God’s brought you to seem to be more than you can handle?
In Joshua 3, Joshua led the Israelites through the Jordan River, but – unlike Moses’ situation –they had to get their feet wet first, before the water receded.
Moses was able to lead the people on dry land, yet Joshua had to lead people to the water’s edge, where the grounds were still wet, to see if they’d truly move forward. In our lives, we may have to get our feet wet, first, before God comes in and fixes it. As we go to it, and go through it, God opens it.
But, sometimes, we have to take first step.
That’s what having the courage to obey God – no matter what – looks like. I believe you and I are called to live and act with the same courage as Moses, who was able to approach a raging sea and trust God would part it, or Joshua, who was able to lead people through a river during flood season.
Remember, Jesus called Christians the salt of the Earth. He didn’t call Himself the salt of the Earth, but us – the very people He died for. Jesus died, not so we could be relevant or cool or just like everybody else, but so we could live forever with Him. He paid it all, but our debt is to live according to His Word and be different from the world.
Today, I want to encourage you to be bold and live with great faith that YOU are the SALT of the EARTH.
No matter what comes your way, approach it with confidence knowing your worth is in Christ and knowing that you can do all things through Him!
Living in Grace and Peace,
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