Jesus told a parable (story) and called His disciples the ‘salt of the earth’. What did he mean by this? (Matthew 5:13)
One day Jesus was teaching His followers on a mountainside. After decribing what kind of life God blesses, He told them another truth about how the kingdom of God works.
Ask the children …
What did Jesus call His followers?
“You are the salt of the earth.” (Matthew 5:13)
Why did Jesus call them salt?
Because salt was used a preservative. If they wanted to keep meat, they would salt the meat and that would prevent it from going bad.
In the same way followers of Jesus are supposed to prevent corruption and evil from spreading on this earth by living holy ‘salty’ lives. We are to be salty at our school, with our friends, at our work.
Ask your children how they have seen their salty lives prevent evil from happening? For example, people don’t tell dirty jokes around them or use foul language or gossip or tear other people down. Ask them if they see areas in their lives where they could be more salty? Discuss how they could do this and make a plan and pray with them about it.
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