Matthew 5:13 says: “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? Is it no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot” We are identified as salt, because as disciples of Jesus, we are designed to encourage the development of more disciples.  In a word, we are wired to “influence” others with the life altering forgiveness, freedom and fullness of life available through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. When salt is introduced into a situation, its mission and level of effectiveness is based around enhancing, purifying and preserving what it comes into contact with.  When as Christ’s followers we fail to influence others toward the ways of Jesus, we honestly are not fulfilling the mission that we were rescued to fulfill.  Often, we as salt are most comfortable in the saltshaker (Sunday church or our small group Bible study).  However, we must remember our ultimate mission is not to simply gather together, but to be sent out and influence the people around us with the truth of Jesus’ life, death and resurrection.  Isn’t this exactly what Jesus says in Matthew 28? “Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.”  Friends let’s walk through today as the Kingdom of God influencers Jesus told us we were.  Stay Salty and Close to Jesus – Pastor Bryce