Sunday, May 5, 2024

What kind of Salt are You?

What kind of Salt are You?
by David Brenneman 

‭ “Therefore, salt is good; but if even salt has become tasteless, with what will it be seasoned?  It is useless either for the soil or for the manure pile; it is thrown out. He who has ears to hear, let him hear.”
Luke 14:34-35.

“You are the salt of the earth; but if  salt has become tasteless, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by people. You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden; nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Your light must shine before people in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven." Matthew 5:13-16.

The interesting thing about good salt is that when added to food, regardless of the food, it stands out. 

As Jesus said, and at least twice its recorded, what good is useless salt?

There's useful salt and useless salt. 

One, which Believers are supposed to be, is good for the work of God that people would see and glorify our Father in Heaven.  

The second, isn't useful at all for that purpose. 

When you plan your day, do you plan it with regards to including Jesus in it?  

It doesn't matter if it's gardening, housecleaning, vehicle maintenance, movie going, walking the dog, it's everything we do.

What's said in Colossians 3:23-25 ties right into this. 

"Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance. It is the Lord Christ whom you serve. For he who does wrong will receive the consequences of the wrong which he has done, and that without partiality."

All that you do is called work.  It's work to get up in the morning. It's work getting dressed. It's work preparing breakfast. It's work making coffee or tea.  It's work driving anywhere. From the rising to the setting sun, work envelopes our lives. 

Within our minds is another place. 
Within our minds we work as well. 

We work at remembering the things of God. We remember appointments.  We remember to do this or that.  We strive to remember to do what pleases Jesus. 

We work at making the most of every opportunity.  

We work at growing in Christ. 

ALL this ties into being good salt that works as Jesus intended for you and I to be.

We move ahead into realizing that we have no room to let our guard down. 

The whole armor of God is to go on when we wake up and protects us all day long. 

So do you do the deeds of your Father in Heaven or are you doing deeds that are not?

Immersed in this sin cursed fallen world that we are, the battlefield comes to us the moment we open our eyes. 

Your sin nature is at the ready to try to manipulate you from your first waking moment of your day. 

It's not going to go away until we are called home to Heaven to be with Jesus or the Rapture of the Church, whichever comes first. 

The world is going to invade your heart and mind if you let it. 

It's not even going to be an assault that we see in the movies or television from war movies.  The assaults of sin are only designed to cause your salt to become tasteless.  To reduce your Spiritual footprint.  

How often are you in your Bible?
How often do you realize that your struggle isn't against flesh and blood?
How often do you actually shine your light before men?
How often are you in prayer to get the help you need to live life?

"For those who are according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who are according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit. For the mind set on the flesh is death, but the mind set on the Spirit is life and peace, because the mind set on the flesh is hostile toward God; for it does not subject itself to the law of God, for it is not even able to do so, and those who are in the flesh cannot please God.
However, you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. But if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Him.  If Christ is in you, though the body is dead because of sin, yet the spirit is alive because of righteousness. But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you. So then, brethren, we are under obligation, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh— for if you are living according to the flesh, you must die; but if by the Spirit you are putting to death the deeds of the body, you will live. For all who are being led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God." Romans 8:5-14.

John 13:7 "If you know these things, you are blessed if you do them.".

Take a moment to take inventory of your heart and mind.  

Start your day off right and question your motivation for what you are thinking about and doing.  Regardless of what you feel like, there is a battle raging. One part wants to see the sanctification of God in you, the other absolutely forbids it.  You're not going to live a life in Christ without this happening in you.  But Jesus said to take courage for He has overcome the world.  That He would be with you always.  

Where He leads we follow.  Just as that old hymn says. 

Now...prepare yourself properly for today.  Be the salt and light that He's put you here to be.

by David Brenneman 

All NASB 1995 and NASB Scripture Excerpts used by permission. (C) Lockman Foundation.  

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