May 6, 2020
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When it was 7:00 a.m. in the Hutchcraft house, the word "chaos" took on new meaning - a typical school day morning. It was very exciting to get two teenage sons up, get them around, and get them dressed and out to school. Of course, both of them were a little crazy like their Mother, and that contributed to the chaos as well. Finally we were able to get them off to school.
But in-between all kinds of things happen. I mean, pairs of pants mysteriously disappeared and reappeared on the other brother. What? Socks and underwear took on enormous value as we tried to find one pair. Phones rang, papers needed signing, books needed covering. And after it was all over and the boys were headed out, on a typical morning you might hear me step outside the front door and call my final instructions to them for that day.
"Go M.A.D.!" Can't you imagine our next door neighbor sticking his head out and saying, "Say what? Go M.A.D.? Have you? You want your two teenage boys to go mad? What's the matter with you?" Well, that's exactly what I wanted them to do every day. Actually, it's what I hope you'll do.
I'm Ron Hutchcraft and I want to have A Word With You today about "Why It's Good to Go M.A.D."
Now, our word for today from the Word of God comes from Matthew 5, and verses 13 and 14, and Jesus is using two figures of speech here to describe His followers. As you listen to these, maybe you'll ask the question I've asked, "What do they have in common?" Jesus says, "You are the salt of the earth." And then in verse 14 He says, "You are the light of the world."
Now in these verses, and you probably don't realize this, Jesus is telling us to "go M.A.D." You say, "Come on Ron, that's not even in the original Greek. Where are you getting that?" Well, if you understand what M.A.D. stands for, it's an acrostic. When I told my boys to "Go M.A.D.," I was saying, "Guys, go make a difference." That's what a day in the life of a Jesus-follower is all about, and that's what Jesus is saying here, "Go make a difference." What does salt and light have in common? Not much. But they have one thing in common.
Take, for example, popcorn without salt. Blaaa! Or meat...usually meat requires some salt. It doesn't take a lot. A little salt will change the environment you put it in. It will change the taste of the popcorn; it will change the taste of the meat. What about light? Well, once again, you take a little light into a big, dark room, and it will change the environment. And in both cases it doesn't take much.
Now, Jesus is saying, "You're my salt; you're my light." If you're a Jesus-follower, you should be changing the people around you; changing the atmosphere around you. You should go M.A.D. You should make a difference. Now, most believers have a smaller purpose in life. Not necessarily to make a difference, maybe to make money, or make friends, or make an impression, or just make it through and survive as a Christian.
Jesus said, "You're not here for any of those. You're here to make a difference." Well, are you? Do you change the flat flavor of the world around you, do you bring a smile, do you bring a positive spirit, do you bring some real love into your circle? Do you bring light to a dark office, a locker room, a classroom, a home?
Let Christ make a difference in you, then you can go make a difference in others. And the ultimate difference you can make in anyone's life is to change their eternal address from hell to heaven. And that can only happen if you will let them know what you know about Jesus; if you'll tell them how Jesus changed your life by what He did on the cross, and by being a living Savior who walked into your life. That's making a difference that will last a hundred billion years.
There's a lot more reasons for getting up in the morning, believe me, when you say, "Lord, help me make a difference for You today." So, as you head out each morning, imagine Jesus at the front door calling out to you, "Go M.A.D. for Me today! Go make a difference!"