Be Salty!

Sep 10, 2018 2002

Be Salty

I fancy myself as a bit of a home cook, and the other day I decided to make a delicious meal for my family. It was perfect, except for one thing: the salt. I sometimes have a problem with salt. Sometimes my food doesn’t have enough salt, and sometimes it has too much. Maybe I have faulty taste buds!

If there’s salt in your food you often don’t think about it. But if it’s missing in your food, you certainly know it.

When’s the last time you ate something and said, “Oh good, there’s salt in this food”? We often take it for granted, yet in a way, it’s salt that makes food worth eating.

It’s the same thing with Christians in the world. Jesus said about his followers in Matthew 5:13, “You are the salt of the earth.” Jesus has put Christians in this world so that we can give life a wonderful flavour!

Jesus said that he came so that we could have abundant life. That doesn’t mean boring life. It means the best of life: fulfilling, vibrant, and joyful life. It means life with a purpose.

When it comes to salt, it’s God who does the sprinkling, but its your job to do the mingling.

It’s the kind of life that Christians know about. It’s resurrection life; life without limits. It’s knowing for sure that Jesus has removed all the roadblocks to ultimate life.

And if you know it, then that’s how you should live. In a salty way! Putting the zing into life wherever you go. You’ve got to be salty!

One important thing about salt is that when you use salt, it has to be intentional. You have to remember to add salt to your food. I’ve been known to forget! So how do you get to be a salty Christian? You have to be intentional about it!

You have to ask God to give you the kind of life that Jesus has promised. You can’t fake saltiness. You have to actually be living the life.

And then, if you’re going to make the world salty for God, you have to actually be in the world. Salt that stays in the packet doesn’t do anyone any good. You have to be part of the hustle and bustle of the world, relating and interacting with people everywhere. And in everything you do, some of your saltiness will be sprinkled around, and people will say, “Mmm… That’s good! I want what she’s having!”

When it comes to salt, it’s God who does the sprinkling, but its your job to do the mingling.

Wherever you are, you have to be mixed in with the world, making this world a better place, because that’s what salt does. You’re “in the world, but not of the world” (John 17:14–15). For Christians to huddle together in churches, or live in communes, away from the world, is precisely what God doesn’t want. It just concentrates the salt, and you know what happens when there’s too much salt! Yuck!

The world is an unsavoury place. The reason why God has put you in the world is so that we will make everything you come into contact with special: deliciously sharing the flavour of heaven. Is that what you’re doing in your life?

– Eliezer Gonzalez

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Collins

Sep 17, 2018

Wow lovely


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