How to Improve Your Vision: Matthew 9:27-31

Today’s Reading: Matthew 9:27-31
There was a story on the news one night about a man who could echo-locate. You know like the way bats do. He was born blind. They way he got around was by making a sucking “Click” sound. You can find the article here. Basically he claims that he can “see” better than anyone else. Think about it, if you and he were in a completely pitch black room with obstacles to traverse. Who do you think would be safe? Of course, then blind man.
Jesus encountered two blind men while He was traveling. The ironic thing about this is that the men recognized Jesus as being the “Son of David”. How did they know? It’s not like they recognized His voice or remembered a picture of Him. They simply BELIEVED that the man approaching WAS Jesus, the Son of David. Being called the Son of David was taken to be meant in the sense of the Davidic covenant that the Messiah would be a descendant. So by calling Jesus Son of David they were recognizing Him as the promised Messiah. Jesus calls this FAITH and by this He touched their eyes and healed them. But then Jesus tells them NOT to tell anyone. Do you think that they could have kept it a secret? How long do you think they contained their emotions? That’s right! They went right then and spread the news about Him.
What if something miraculous happened to you, how long you contain yourself? What if you were blind and then a person touched your eyes and now you could see? Wouldn’t you go out and tell everyone you could find about it? Of course you would! You wouldn’t want anyone to miss out. 
You know you did experience something miraculous. You were blind and now see. So what are you waiting on? Go spread the News about Him!

Pass the Salt

Today’s Reading: Matthew 5:13

Pass the Salt

There are many different types of salts because of its chemical structure. Remember this from Chemistry class? Take a metal and bond it with a non-metal usually the product from a neutralization of an acid and a base.  NaCl, MgSo4 are the most common. NaCl being table salt that was just mentioned above and Magnesium Sulfate which is known as Epsom salt. I think I just heard a couple of “ahhhhhs”. Fun Fact: MgSO4 can also be used as an additive in fertilizer.

Salt has been used throughout history as a preservative and a spice. Some early civilizations even used it as currency. Today it is used mainly in flavoring of foods such as yummy French fries and brining a pork butt before slow-cooking. (Hungry yet?) You can even add salt to the water before you drop the pasta. Its importance in the diet comes true when you look at its chemical properties. It is essential in maintaining the electrolyte balance in our bodies. Without it we would not have the electrical impulse that makes our body move, metabolize, and think.  Salt is even used in non-foodie applications. It is poured on the roads to lower the freezing point of water. Some people have found salt to soften water and add it pools instead of Chorine.

Jesus mentioned that we “are the salt of the earth.” And “if the salt could lose its taste, how can it be made salty?” Is it possible for salt to lose its “saltiness”? According to some, yes. The only way that salt loses its flavor is by dilution in water. The more water the less salt would be noticeable or effective. The common use for salt during this time was to preserve food for later use. So when Jesus was calling us to be the salt of the earth, He was calling on us to preserve the truth of the Gospel. If we were to lose our “saltiness” by diluting the Gospel with the world’s wisdom and ideologies we are considered “worthless” and should be “thrown out”.

How do you treat the Gospel? Do you modify it so that the other person isn’t offended? Take a moment today and meditate on how we are being salt to others. Are we preserving God’s word and adding flavor? Or, are we diluted so much that others can’t tell if we are true followers of Christ.

Tomorrow will be the continuation of Jesus’ thought; being light to the world. Matthew 5:14-16

Operation Andrew

Yesterday, I had the privilege of bringing Alex Aguilar to the saving knowledge of Christ. It was a wonderful experience as he was the first person that the Lord allowed me to share the Gospel with by myself.
Tonight I saw him in the service with his mother and his two younger brothers. How good God is!!!
I am too excited to write anything about it at this moment but I promise I’ll give details later.
For now, I am asking that everyone please pray for Alex. Pray that God would put a hedge of protection around him so that satan could not discourage him. Pray that he would have inner strength.
Praise God!!!
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