Friday, March 24, 2017

Thermostats and Thermometers

Submitted by Sam Nobles
“Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person.” Colossians 4:6
I like good food and, over the years, I have been able to eat at some of the best restaurants, diners, and dives. One of my favorite kinds of food is country style food. In fact, gravy is almost considered a beverage at my house.

One thing I’ve discovered though, is that a little too much, or not enough of a certain ingredient or seasoning, can really affect how food tastes. It can smell good and look pleasing to the eye, but if it doesn’t taste good, it’s not good food.

The same goes for the Christian life. If you practice goodness, you should be seasoning every aspect of your life with it. You have the opportunity to influence the world in the mighty name of Jesus. Whether it is in your home, at work, at church, in school, on Facebook, or even at the grocery store, you can make an impact.

Choose to be a thermostat, not a thermometer. A thermometer has no other function than to measure the temperature of the room. A thermostat, on the other hand, has the capability of changing the entire atmosphere. Wherever you go, change the atmosphere. Influence it with your kindness and generosity.

And whatever you do, don’t be the person who is known for what you stand against. That is what religion does and religion does not have a love for God. Instead, be known for how you stand with Jesus. 

Flavor everything you do with Jesus so a world starving for goodness can “taste and see that the Lord is good!” 

Scripture to Claim:

“You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people's feet.” Matthew 5:13

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