Jesus said we are the “salt of the earth” and “light of the world.” This indicates the difference we make in the world.
Then Jesus said something interesting, “If the salt has become tasteless, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything…”
Good involves health, specifically good health.
When used in the context of leadership influence, we find a powerful idea.
As leaders, our influence should contribute to the spiritual health and well-being of others.
When heaven is the destiny, our leadership must be good for others to reach the destination.
Fear of the unknown ranks near the top of most people’s fears. It encompasses so many different areas, the unknown with the economy, job security, health, and safety.
Certainly, the unknowns of leadership would qualify.
The task before us in spiritual leadership is to remove these unknowns. When we consider death, we may fear the unknown of what happens at death.
However, because of the death and resurrection of Jesus, this fear has been removed. We can provide no greater confidence to others than sharing this hope. Because He lives, all fear is gone. Think Souls!
What is the main topic of our conversations? Do we have anything worth talking about?
Far too many conversations revolve around subjects of little consequence. Kin Hubbard says, ”Don’t knock the weather. If it didn’t change once in a while, nine-tenths of the people couldn’t start a conversation.”
Beyond the weather, conversations primarily focus on sports, politics, health, fashion, or what to eat.
When we consider our influence in leading others to know Christ, doesn’t it make sense that we focus our conversations on spiritual matters?
When we consider eternity, doesn’t it change the conduct of our life as well as our conversations with those we encounter on this journey through life?
When we consider the condition of our world and the challenges of globalization, do we ever wonder who really is our neighbor and our responsibility to them?
The time we occupy space on this earth is hopefully more than the trivial pursuit of fruitless knowledge. God came in the flesh and offered His life to free us from the shackles of this world.
Now there is something worth talking about!
Studying Greek words in the New Testament can be an interesting adventure. A prior study through the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 5-7 was no exception.
In the early part of the lesson, Jesus speaks about the powerful nature of our influence, identifying His disciples as the “salt of the earth” and the “light of the world.”
By using these two analogies, Jesus indicates the difference we should make in the world where we live.
Jesus uses an interesting term when He says; “if the salt has become tasteless, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything…”
The word used by Jesus was not the usual Greek word translated good. This word involves health, specifically good health.
When used in the context of the analogy and leadership influence, we find a powerful idea.
As leaders in the kingdom of God, our influence should be that which contributes to the spiritual health and well-being of others.
When heaven is the ultimate destiny, our leadership must be good for others to reach the destination.
“Have the wisdom to walk away from things and people that aren’t good for you.” Thema Davis
Pondering today’s thought leads to several interesting ideas.
First, leaders who desire to please everyone, in reality, end up attempting to please only those who matter least. This element usually consists of the minority who speak loudly and critically of any decision or activity that does not originate with or is controlled by them.
Second, it takes wisdom to identify the people who aren’t good for you. This is usually subjective to the individual. However, a few qualities stand out in this category: negativity, cynicism, malicious, deceptive, self-centered, and venomous are a few that are unhealthy for any relationship.
Third, the ability to walk away rests upon knowing the value of one’s own mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual health. Walking away also involves courage, a courage to do what is right, even if it is not popular or even accepted by the majority.
The wisdom to know the people who aren’t good for us and the courage to walk away from them are steps toward a happier and healthier leadership.
We are all familiar with this common phrase. The idea is that no matter what happens in life, or what the need might be, there is an app for it.
Generally, this thought is pretty accurate. There are apps that deal with health, fitness, world news, travel, banking, social media, photography, weather, education, leadership, and the list is unending. You may be one of those reading today’s post from the Leadership Fund app right now. If so, thanks!
More to the point: when we consider the far reaching nature of our leadership, are we influencing others in areas concerning life’s circumstances and their various needs?
Imagine the impact on others if they knew that leaders were a resource they could turn to instead of a technological device.
Granted, leaders are not equipped to address “every” area of life. However, the greater our ability to provide answers to the circumstances and needs of life, the greater our opportunity to influence others in the right direction. Ultimately, isn’t this why we are leading?