April 13-Thrown Away

April 13-Thrown Away

April 13: Thrown Away

 

Scripture Lesson: Matthew 5:13

 

On this date in 1978 Reggie Jackson hit a three run first inning home run to lead the Yankees to an Opening Day victory 4-2 over the Chicago White Sox. The game was held up for several minutes after Jackson’s home run as the fans celebrated by showering the field with Reggie Bars, a chocolate and peanut candy bar that was given to each fan as they entered the park.

In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus tells us that salt that has lost its ability to be salt is no good for anything and should be thrown out and trampled by men. In Roman times, salt sometimes contained impurities like fine sand that looked like salt. When the salt had dissolved, the remainder was like “salt that had lost its savor.” It could no longer flavor and preserve, so it was thrown out on the dirt roads and paths of the day. Salt was thrown away to become a pavement for roads. When we as a Christian do not flavor the world by making the world a better place and when we fail to preserve others by sharing Christ with them we are not fulfilling our purpose in life as a believer. When we live without preserving and flavoring we are no good to the Kingdom. We are called to make a difference in the world, plain and simple. We do that by making the world a better place to live.

  1. How can we be salt in life for Christ?

  2. What makes a Christian not worth his/her salt?

  3. How are we useful for the Kingdom of God?

Fans threw away their Reggie Bars, creating a big mess. We create a big mess for God’s Kingdom when our lives are fit to be thrown out by not fulfilling our purpose of being salt.

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