Are You Salty?

“You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people’s feet.”–Matthew 5:13-16

How does salt lose its taste? By mixing with other ingredients.

The word for tasteless used here literally means to be foolish or to make foolish, show to be a fool; to become tasteless. When we lose our saltiness, we become foolish regarding the Kingdom of God.

How can a follower of Christ lose his saltiness? By not sustaining his focus on Jesus.

There are some who sing “hallelujah” and talk about how great God is, but their words just don’t match their actions. It reads in Psalm 14:1 The fool has said in his heart, “There is no God.” In other words, they do not really believe in their hearts what they are saying with their lips. Those who lose the flavor of the Holy Spirit have become practical atheists. “God helps those who help themselves”. “God will heal me if it is His will”. Their lives display none of the power of  Kingdom reality.

In Lamentations 1:9, “She did not consider her destiny; therefore her collapse was awesome” The salt-free person does not believe that Jesus will use him to heal the sick, raise the dead, cast out demons and cleanse the leper. This your destiny. This is what Jesus says to do, let’s just do it.

“As you go, preach, saying, ‘The kingdom of heaven is at hand.’  Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out demons. Freely you have received, freely give.”  Matthew 10:7-8

The symptoms of one who has become salt-free, according to Ephesians 5;3-7 are as follows:

“Let there be no sexual sin, impurity or greed among you. Let no one be able to accuse you of any such things. Dirty stories, foul talk, and crude jokes—these are not for you. Instead, remind each other of God’s goodness, and be thankful. You can be sure of this: The Kingdom of Christ and of God will never belong to anyone who is impure or greedy, for a greedy person is really an idol worshiper-he loves and worships the good things of this life more than God. Don’t be fooled by those who try to excuse these sins, for the terrible wrath of God is upon all those who do them. Don’t even associate with such people.”‘

Let’s turn our focus on Jesus again.  When we compromise and tolerate those things mentioned in the above passage, we begin to lose the flavor that we were given by God.

God really does love you and He created you on purpose .

Grace and Peace to you,

Ralph

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