Be the Salt of The Earth
Mat 5:13 Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savor, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.
Right away in Matthew 5:13, we, Christians, are told that we are the salt of the earth; not we were, or we will be the salt of the earth. That means that we have the capacity and potential to be the salt of the earth.
We are the elements in the world that are in the world, but not of the world. We are the people who will bring preservation, purity, truth, and a sold out love for almighty God and all people to the earth.
However, if the salt has lost its savor or flavor; it will be good for nothing, but to be thrown out and trampled on by men.
In Bible times, salt was very crucial and important. They did not have freezers to preserve meat, etc.
It was even used in the sacrifices due to its many very needed uses.
However, when the salt had lost its ability to flavor food and it had lost its ability to preserve; it had to be tossed out. It could not be thrown out just anywhere, because it would destroy plants and the fertility of the soil where it was thrown.
For that reason; it had to be thrown on the roadways, where it would be trampled on and become very hard, like asphalt.
The enemy of our souls is always trying to demoralize every person on earth, and especially, the true Christians. The Lord gave us so many wonderful parables to teach us of how to be forewarned about the trials of life, and how we must seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness first and foremost. Then He will keep us fresh, on fire, and He will give us the staying power of His love, faith, hope, joy and peace. In short, abide in The Vine, Jesus Christ and keep your zest, your zeal and your fervor for all that The Lord has for you.
Those that receive the seed of the Word and Truth of almighty God; are immediately challenged with the temptations of Satan, the cares of life, and they are in many cases gradually worn down and worn out to become worthless to The Lord, and then they will become useless for the Kingdom of God. They are immobilized to be able to come to fruition and come to maturity in The Lord Jesus Christ which is growing into His image.
Salt preserves food, as Christians are commissioned to preserve the integrity of our society. The thermometer in our society is how are the true Christians growing in The Lord Jesus Christ. How are they maintaining their close and obedient walk with almighty God.
If we see a society that is filled with every type of occultism, cruelty, strife, doctrines of demons, man made doctrines, and the love of self, money and power; we have a severe problem in the churches of that society.
We, as Christians are to bring The Lord to the world and its people. However, in many instances the churches and their leaders are mirror images of the world and all of its evils. Statistically, the church has become like the world, and in many cases; it has become more corrupt than the world system and its evil empire.
Jesus compared the Christians to salt because salt is and was a very valuable commodity. It had and it has unique qualities, and it is very distinctive from all other elements.
Jesus used salt to describe the Christian walk because when salt has lost its valuable benefits and attributes; it becomes totally worthless. Jesus wants His beloved people to be warned of how the world, the devil and all of the elements of our society are working to destroy the true Christians' closeness to the Lord, the obedience to The Lord and the glorious fruit that the Lord is desiring to develop in our lives. He wants to use His beloved people to spread His love, His Truth, His Way and His life throughout the world.
Our own righteousness is as filthy rags, our own power is very weak, and our own ability to bring change for good into the world is as nothing. The same way, when salt has lost its savor (flavor; it is useless. We must have God almighty, Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit to be the salt of the earth, and to change our societies for the better.
Jesus made the Truth so easy for even a child to understand by using common elements and situations to teach us, His children. He was constantly warning us of the dangers lurking all over the world for the unsuspecting Christian pilgrim.
However, during these days; we are bombarded with every wind of doctrine that is not of the spirit and the Word of God. We are being taught doctrines and lies from the pit of hell.
We are being taught by self-appointed apostles, prophets, pastors, teachers and evangelists that it is okay to go against the Word of God and still be saved. We have been infiltrated by impostors who want to use their Christian title to gain money, prestige, power, and they want to be worshiped just as their god Lucifer rebelled and wanted to compete with almighty God.
As we read in Rev. 19:20, we can plainly see what happens to those who follow these insidious lies of the anti-christ, his prophets, his dupes and his lies. They will be destroyed and thrown into the lake of fire alive.
Jesus always warned us over and over to beware of the false ministers who come to us as angels of light. Do not be deceived. Get into the Word of God for yourself and know it inside and out, because in the coming days; if it were possible even the very elect will be deceived.
We need to get back to The Gospel, Jesus Christ, and we need to be led every day by The Holy Spirit. May all of us become the salt of the earth so that we can spread the beautiful savor of our Lord Jesus Christ throughout the world.
Peggy Kannaday has been the Managing Editor for "Church Growth International"for 19 years. "Church Growth International" is the English outreach of The "Yoido Full Gospel Church" headquartered in Seoul, Korea.
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