“You are the salt of the earth” (Matthew 5:13).

This is a definitive statement. He doesn’t say this is what you ought to be, should be, or could be. He says, “You ARE.” Grace prevails in this declaration. The journey before us is one of becoming what we ARE, not what we can be. The distinctive teaching of the Christian faith is that God’s gracious work of salvation is a gift bestowed at the beginning of our pilgrimage and not at the end. Jesus tells us who we are before he tells us what to do. He blesses before he commands. He assures us before he challenges us. Embrace who you are. Go out and spice things up today.

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