Wednesday, September 16, 2009

"Stay Salty" by Pastor Kevin Lynch

Stay edge.

Be cool.

Retain the saltiness.

Matt. 6:13 - "You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste (its strength, its quality), how can its saltiness be restored? It is not good for anything any longer but to be thrown out and trodden underfoot by men."

Salty Christians.

The world rank and file use the term "salt of the earth" without realizing who said it, to whom, and how He applied it.

Only true and faithful disciples of Jesus Christ can rightfully receive the compliment of being the element that provides the flavoring of all that is good in the world.

Sorry if you're reading this and are offended by that.

Take it up with Jesus. He coined the phrase.

There may be other flavorings in the world population who might be musicians, artists, poets, or statesmen, but unless they are disciples, they are not "the" salt.

Salt is reserved for His followers.

This is why Jesus has charged us with protecting our saltiness.

When we lose it, or go "bland", there is a lot at stake.

The entire world loses.

The worst however, is that God's glory is reduced in the eyes of man.

We become useless and ridiculed, and in the eyes of the mocker, so does God.

Our testimony is more precious than we sometimes think.

How we speak, how we act, where we find our pleasures, are all under scrutiny, and every time we tarnish His image by our indiscretions or sin, we lose a little saltiness.

It's no accident that Jesus used salt metaphorically.

During His time wars were being fought over salt. People died over salt.

It was the most important commodity to be traded and fought over on earth.

It was coveted to make the simple pleasure of eating more palatable. It was coveted for it's healing components. It prospered entire communities. It made life more tolerable.

Jesus has done that for us. He is like salt for this drab, angry, sinful planet.

He has brightened our lives. He has healed our wounds. He has prospered us.

He wants us, as His followers, to continue to do that as His Body until He returns.

Being the salt is an honorable task. It keeps alive the Promise.

Run it all past Jesus today!

Stay salty!

Keepin' it Real,

Pastor Kevin <><

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