Has the Church Become Empty Salt Shakers – Part 2

By Patrick Hawthorne

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You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt should become-tasteless, with what will it be salted? It no longer has strength for anything except, having been thrown outside, to be trampled-underfoot by people. (Matthew 5:13 Disciples Literal New Testament).

In my last post,  Has the Church Become Empty Salt Shakers? I wrote, “Yes, we tout our conversions for Christ as some great achievement, but where is the discipleship?  Where are the “Doer’s of the Word and not hearers only?”  We have more biblical knowledge than any generation before us.  Yet, why is this world so dark? Is it because we are hiding our lights under the cover of our churches?  Are we so busy with our inward fighting of each other that we are failing in our good fight of faith?”

I received some wonderful comments, but two really stood out.  One came from Donald Norris who wrote, ” By being the salt of the earth, we are called to make others thirsty for the Word of God.”  (underline mine).  That really made me stop and think.

Do I live the Gospel?  Do I live my life in such a way that I make others thirsty for what I have as has been given to me through my Lord Jesus?  You see, it is one thing to speak the Gospel.  It is another thing to live the Gospel.  If we fail to live the Gospel, we become as tasteless salt having no value other than to be waste on the ground.  This leads to the other comment made by Pastor Mel Wild.

Pastor Mel wrote, “One thing about Jesus’ illustration here is that old salt was often pounded into the cracks in the Roman roads so that the soldiers could walk over it unhindered. So, when Jesus says it would be “trampled underfoot,” He was giving the picture of the enemy using our “un-saltiness” to fulfill his purposes unhindered by us! Pretty sad when you see it that way! But it’s true, the enemy often uses immature and carnal Christians to fulfill his agenda.” (underline mine).

As born again Christ-In children of our Heavenly Father, we must move beyond merely speaking the Word; we must live the Word.  Yes, the Gospel is the power of God unto salvation (Romans 1:16), but unless we live what we profess, we are no better than the Scribes and the Pharisees.  If you recall, Jesus called them hypocrites.  Be blessed.

 

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12 comments on “Has the Church Become Empty Salt Shakers – Part 2
  1. dawnlizjones says:

    Awesome, and applicable to me right now. Okay, rewind to part one…

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  2. What I write to you, I write to myself 🙂

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  3. Amen, Patrick! Amen!

    One of the hardest things about being salt is that people will trample you underfoot just like the Romans used to do with salt. In the West we tend to seek the favor of men, people approval, so when we don’t get a reward for our “salt,” we tend to just tuck the salt away.

    In the ancient church,in many parts of the world today, people are not as burdened or challenged as we are here by the need, desire for social status and approval.

    Bump into someone in the grocery store, ask them how they are,they’ll say “fine” and that’s the end of it. We don’t say, “No seriously, I mean how is your relationship with Jesus Christ?” And then we break out in a rendition of Amazing Grace right in the middle of the produce section.

    Such things are hard, they invade people’s space, heck they’d likely get you arrested where I live. But that is what it means to be salty salt.

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    • I was with you up till the moment of singing Amazing Grace…I can’t sing 🙂 Seriously, the day is coming when freedom or arrest might be our only two options.

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      • “I was with you up till the moment of singing Amazing Grace…I can’t sing”

        LOL! Well I cannot sing either, but it is not about us at all!

        Lord, I would do anything for you, anything………wait, perhaps not totally humiliate myself in the produce dept. That is our problem right there, mine especially. I am actually a bit shy, not too interested in rocking the boat or making a scene. The things is, people have given their very lives for Jesus Christ and I am hesitant to surrender just a tiny bit of pride and make a fool of myself among the fruit and veggies. 🙂

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  4. SLIMJIM says:

    Man that first quote about making others thirsty for Jesus was really good

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  6. Elihu says:

    Great post! A good reminder to be useful salt. Love those comments!

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