Today's scripture reading is from Matt 5:10-16, Luke 6:26 and Luke 11:23.
In Matthew 5:10-16 we find that Jesus talks about the value of christians to the world, and how blessed they are when they are persecuted for His Name. Jesus says," You are the salt of the earth". Not so long ago, I heard a preacher saying that in Jesus' time, people were paid in salt. That is how the word salary came into being. Salt was so important in the ancient time because it was the only preservative known to man. We believers therefore are preservatives of the Gospel of Jesus Christ by spreading it through our life. But, once salt loses its saltiness it is good for nothing. Our faith is our worth(not our good works, for our good works are like filthy rags to God,the exact translation would be stinking clothes used to clean pus from sores). Faith is when you humbly come to God even after you sinned trusting in his righteous nature that He will forgive you and make ou whole each day. So are good works completely useless? Certainly not. Good works are the ligh that shines from us onto unbelievers which leads them to praise God, not essentially with their mouth but in their thoughts. Luke 6:26 says " woe to you when others speak well of you, for that is what the fathers did to the false prophets". Now, let us see Jesus as to say in Matt 5:11--"Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil things against you because of me. What do we understand from these two astonishing verses. Well, in short we need to realize that people's opinions should not matter much to us. Look for God's commendation instead of the world's commendation. Now looking at the last scripture verse we read today, "He who is not with me, is against me, He who does not gather with me scatters"--Luke 11:23. The verse completely takes away the prospect of a buffer zone. In God's eyes, there are only two kinds of things always: The holy and unholy. Holy and Unholy people, Holy and Unholy habits, Holy and Unholy talk. So, if you are sitting aroung doing no gathering know today that you are not inactive or affecting anything. Because if you do not do the will of God, you are automatically doing the will of the devil. God blees You.