“Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? It is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.” Matt. 5:13 (KJV)
I could end this post RIGHT HERE and go to sleep! But I choose to take you on the ride with me.
Like the disillusioned university undergraduate who fails to recognize that the purpose for going to school lies outside the four walls of the school premises. He prides himself in being a student, enjoys all the excesses of youth and the gift of freedom from the eagle eyes of his ever so cautious parents. He is very regular at every club, party and gathering, except class! And like a Prisoner doing time in jail, he spends extra years on campus trying to earn an already damaged trophy he calls a ‘certificate’. He indeed has lost his Savour.
When Jesus spoke in Matthew chapter five, he was speaking to you and to me, the average everyday Christians. He tried to remind us of 2 basic but extremely important concepts:
1. Our Identity, and
2. Our Essence.
YOUR IDENTITY: Simply put, You Are Salt! Think about this for a sec… All the things that you can do, how important and indispensable you are to mankind. What happens when you are not available? Life loses taste!…that’s what happens. This defines the life of a true Christian.
Yet, it isn’t enough to call you SALT. You may have the name and not the game!
YOUR ESSENCE: This is the reason why you are called what you are. This is the reason why you are called a Christian. It is for the value you bring to the lives of others. However, Jesus says, it is possible for salt to lose its savour (its essence); and yet maintain a great white look. Hmmmm…
Losing your essence as a Christian doesn’t necessarily mean to have “back-slided”, to be living in sin or as “church fugitive”; losing your essence involves every bit of your professing to be a Christian, going to Church twice a week, whirling around the lingo and involving in Church activities. It includes all these things (…perhaps more), and yet a life that is of no relevance to this present world! Looking around me (…even within me), I see Christians everywhere that are only relevant to themselves (and maybe their Church & family).
Recall that Jesus said “YOU ARE THE SALT OF THE EARTH”. Not the salt of the SALT! I absolutely believe that our Christianity should be measured by how much sweetness we bring to the lives of men, to our homes, to systems and to organizations…most naturally. Your own world ought to be near useless without you. For more about how you can be a true Christian, follow any or all of these steps:
1. Log on to http://www.google.com and read up about SALT.
2. Read the Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke & John) and take note of Jesus’ relationship with men (Both Jews and Sinners).
3. Ask the Holy Spirit to help you.
I hope something changes about your Christianity after now.
Please spread the news!
God Bless You!
Let me end with this thought. Did you notice how Vasily Orlov infiltrated Americawith Evelyn Salt (Angelina Jolie) and Ted Winter, his ‘supposed’ creations? That’s why I like this movie. May God’s agenda be fulfilled through us as we recognize who we truly are by Christ Jesus.