Day 194 – Being Salty
On: May 13, 2015 | By: SWLadmin
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In the same way, those of you who do not give up everything you have cannot be my disciples. “Salt is good, but if it loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is fit neither for the soil nor for the manure pile; it is thrown out. “Whoever has ears to hear, let them hear.” Luke 14:33-35
If we entwine these sentences together, we see that to be effective as Jesus’ disciples requires all we are and everything we possess. If we’re not prepared for this, initial ineffectiveness will give way to complete uselessness.
I recall with some embarrassment that, when I took over running part of the children’s work at my home church, I thought it would be well within my capacity. I quickly found (surprise, surprise!) that it took my best shot to sustain what was already in place, let alone press forward into new territory. God was gracious and steered me through this early foolishness.
How do we act as salt? In general terms, salt is a preservative and brings out flavour: Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone. Colossians 4:6
Salt also makes our worship acceptable (Leviticus 2:13) and it cleanses (2 Kings 14:7).
If I want to have this sort of impact on the world around me – keeping situations from going bad; cleansing where they have gone wrong; bringing out the richness of life; having a word in season for everyone I encounter; being set free to present acceptable worship – I must let go of the things that hinder me.
What are they? Probably the things I tend to want to cling to. If in doubt, I need to be bold enough to ask God to show me. And then respond.
That’s the key to being salty.
Lord Jesus, I fix my eyes on You today, that I might not grow weary or lose heart, but run my race with joy and confidence. Amen.