S.O.A.P. – “Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer”
One day as he saw the crowds gathering, Jesus went up on the mountainside and sat down. His disciples gathered around him, and he began to teach them. “God blesses those who are poor and realize their need for him, for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs. God blesses those who mourn, for they will be comforted. God blesses those who are humble, for they will inherit the whole earth.
God blesses those who hunger and thirst for justice, for they will be satisfied. God blesses those who are merciful, for they will be shown mercy. God blesses those whose hearts are pure, for they will see God. God blesses those who work for peace, for they will be called the children of God. God blesses those who are persecuted for doing right, for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs.
“God blesses you when people mock you and persecute you and lie about you and say all sorts of evil things against you because you are my followers. Be happy about it! Be very glad! For a great reward awaits you in heaven. And remember, the ancient prophets were persecuted in the same way.
“You are the salt of the earth. But what good is salt if it has lost its flavor? Can you make it salty again? It will be thrown out and trampled underfoot as worthless. Matthew 5:1-13 NLT
1/6) Salt is…vital to life.
You cannot live without salt. And just as salt is vital to life, so are believers vital for the cause of Jesus Christ in the world today!
Jesus is saying, “Be salt in your little piece of geography!”
Do you regularly take time to practice the attitudes of a Christian (realizing your need for God, mourning sin, humbling yourself, etc.)?
Do any of them come naturally? Are any of them particularly difficult?
Who will be specially rewarded, according to Jesus? Do you believe Jesus will give you the power to endure persecution if you are faced with it?
In your words, what do you think Jesus is saying when he calls Christians the “salt of the earth”?
Lord, thank you for being with me in the good times and the bad times. Thank you for forgiving me, giving me a new life, and using me to spread your kindness and vitality in my “little piece of geography.”