Mothers for Prodigals

Sunday, November 30, 2014

A Spiritually Salty Witness

“You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.” ---Jesus Matthew 5:13 (NIV) 

Salt’s significance in the physical world is vital. It has thousands of uses, one being the preservation of life. Salt is important to the body. Without it, we would deteriorate and die. The same is true in the spiritual world. Those of us that embody the life of Christ salt this earth. Without Jesus, our souls eventually fall into disrepair. Without Jesus, the world decays. Without Jesus, we perish forever. 

There was a Pharisee named Nicodemus who had seen and heard of the miracles of Jesus. These signs provoked questions in his mind that only Jesus could answer. Jesus told him about being born again, born of water and Spirit, in order to enter the kingdom of God. He said we are born as physical beings, but we must allow His Spirit to be birthed in us if we are to enter His kingdom. We need the renewal of the Spirit of God. 

Jesus continued speaking with Nicodemus, declaring words that have been heard now for generations. He said, “For God loved the world in this way: He gave His One and Only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life.  For God did not send His Son into the world that He might condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through Him. Anyone who believes in Him is not condemned, but anyone who does not believe is already condemned, because he has not believed in the name of the One and Only Son of God. John 3:16-18 (HCSB)  Read the entire 3rd chapter of John.

What a salty text, rich with the power of God! With those words, Jesus offers cleansing, purity, preservation, seasoning, and endurance. This precious Savior provides the sacrifice of all sacrifices to save the world, if only they believe. 

Jesus offered Himself as the sacrifice—He came to replace the Hebrew ritual of offerings. God initially instituted those Old Testament sacrifices as a way to develop relationship with His people. It was to be a covenant of trust. 

The New Covenant depends on belief in the sacrifice of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of sins and life everlasting. It is a covenant of trust. Through faith in Christ Jesus, we are provided cleansing, preservation, seasoning, endurance, and purity—Jesus is essentially the salt. 

And He desires His believers to be salt. That’s what He was telling the multitude during the Sermon on the Mount when He began, “You are the salt of the earth.” Jesus followers are to salt this earth with His mercy and grace, just as He did when He walked among His creation. 

The Scriptures below describe true believers in Christ Jesus. Let them season your life as you in turn season the lives of others around you. 

“Who has known the mind of the Lord
    so as to instruct him?”
But we have the mind of Christ. 1 Corinthians 2:16 (NIV)

Whoever says he abides in him ought to walk in the same way in which he walked. 1 John 2:6 (ESV)

I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. Galatians 2:20 (ESV)

So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus...... Philippians 2:1-5 (ESV) Read through verse eleven.

If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory. Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. Colossians 3:1-5 (ESV) Read through verse 25.

By this we know love, that he laid down his life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers. 1 John 3:16 (ESV)

For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them. Ephesians 2:10 (ESV)

Join me next week and bring your salt shaker.......

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