Living a Life that Gets Noticed
Topic: AM Service Passage: Matthew 5:13–16
Those who believe in the Lord Jesus Christ as their Savior are called “Christians.” Luke tells us in Acts 11:26 that it was in Antioch – the place where Paul was first brought after meeting Jesus on the Damascus Road – that the disciples of Jesus were first given that name. “Christian” means “little Christ,” and the name is very appropriate for believers because we are called to be like Jesus. Jesus made clear in His teaching, especially in the Sermon on the Mount, that His followers were to go out into the world and spread the message of the gospel. That message is spread not just through preaching and teaching, but also through the lives of Christians. We are to be “the salt of the earth” and “the light of the world.” The world needs Jesus Christ, and we are to live in such a way that we reflect the Lord Jesus before a watching world. To be effective ambassadors for Christ means that we must be “Living a Life that Gets Noticed” (Matthew 5:13-16; 1 Peter 2:12).
A. Retaining Saltiness
B. Not Hidden
A. Not for Self
B. For God’s Glory
Questions for consideration: (1) What opportunities do you have to be salt? How can you be light in the context of the relationship you have? (2) Can you think of two practical ways that you can maintain your distinction as a Christian? Two ways that you can engage others and not be “hidden” as a Christian? (3) How can we know if we are motivated for self-glory? How do we avoid that?