Mothers for Prodigals

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Seasoning the World

Pass the salt, please is a phrase most of us use when we sit down to eat. We want our food to taste good, so we enhance the flavor. Many foods are bland without the addition of salt. 

Pass the salt, please should be a Christian’s mantra, after all, Christ calls His people to salt the earth. Satan rules this world and it is full of nay-sayers and evil deeds, yet it is home to us all for now. If Christians are removed from this earth, it will decay rapidly. Salt is a preservative and the people of this world need the salty seasoning of believers in Christ to survive.

Jesus Christ desires all people to know Him and be saved—He bled and died for everyone. John 3:16-17 says, “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.” While on earth, Jesus charged His followers to live sacrificially so others might live and die knowing Him.

So when we say we believe in God’s one and only Son, Jesus Christ, we are granted a huge opportunity and responsibility to live sacrificially for our Lord and Savior. What exactly does a living sacrifice look like? How do we go about being living sacrifices?

A living sacrifice exemplifies the life of Christ and spreads the gospel of the good news of a risen Savior (Mark 1:15, Luke 2:10, 4:18). A living sacrifice isn’t selfish, but considers the interests of others above their own (Romans 12:1-3, Philippians 2:4). A living sacrifice lives with authority from God as Jesus did (Matthew 28:18-20, Luke 4:36, Luke 9:1-2). A living sacrifice is so seasoned with salt that God’s grace pours from her lips, sprinkling others with the salt of Christ (Colossians 4:6). A living sacrifice offers light to a dark world and shines brightly with the love of God (Matthew 5:13-16). 

The world is a dark place, full of temptations and evil power. But the power of God is greater than any other influence offered in this world. Don’t allow the darkness to pull you under and take away your saltiness. How will the world be seasoned with love if you’ve lost the saltiness of Jesus? 

True believers in Christ Jesus are salty, generating a desire in others to see and taste the goodness of the Lord. True believers in Christ Jesus are salty, producing a thirst in others who run to the Lord for refreshment. Come Lord Jesus!

Taste the goodness of the Lord this Christmas and be seasoned by His saltiness. Observers will thirst for His righteousness that pours from your heart. Shine brightly with the Light of love and mercy. Others will see your good deeds and give glory to our Father in heaven. ‘Tis a blessed season and an opportune time for seasoning—go and make disciples for Jesus!

“Therefore, salt is good; but if even salt has become tasteless, with what will it be seasoned? Luke 14:34 (NASB)

Let your speech always be with grace, as though seasoned with salt, so that you will know how you should respond to each person. Colossians 4:6 (NASB)

O taste and see that the Lord is good; How blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him! Psalm 34:8 (NASB)

Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty. John 6:35 (NIV)

Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” John 4:13-14 (NIV)

“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.

“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. Matthew 5:13-16 (NIV)

Enjoy this praise song entitled "Light of the World" by Lauren Daigle and have yourselves a very merry Christmas!

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