One of Jesus’ earliest teachings in the Sermon on the Mount is calling his disciples to be the salt of the earth – to live radical, life-bringing, distinctive lives. He calls them to do this by living with integrity, that is a life that is integrated from the inside out.

The first level of integration is a commitment to not be satisfied with the mere appearance of living under God’s rule; it is to live a life of radical integration of heart: motivation and right action (Matt.5:13-20).

If we claim to be followers of Jesus – his disciples – we must submit ourselves to living the same radical, grace-filled, obedient lives, under the rule of God’s victorious King (Matt.28:16-20).