Jesus people are salt and light. Let’s look into that together.
God has set my attention on this. The other day I was eating a tomato and I took a bite. I hadn’t salted it yet but after I did that I thought “It’s really amazing the difference in the taste of this after I added salt ‘ That got me to thinking deep.
So, what is spiritual salt? How do we live in the truth of being salt and light? We need to know because Jesus told us that he wants us to feed his sheep. And he wants them fed with the finest of the wheat. The Father watches over his children for their good.
Who satisfies thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle’s.
What we bring to the table is our offering to God for his flock. It’s for us to learn how to make it more tasty. God’s word says that the ear tries words like the mouth tries meat. Job 12:11. So, our words need to be tasty or they might be spit out. And they sure better be truth in love for the purposes of redemption or God might spit us out. But knowing too that God is merciful, if we’re careful to cultivate ears that love instruction and correction that will never happen.
Have you ever written blogs that just seem to fall flat? I have. I knew God had shown me some great things and I felt led to share but I wasn’t seeing the fruitful results I wanted to see. I wanted to serve up rich blessing but I couldn’t find the key. Then after awhile God began teaching me more. I’m still a learner but I have begun to see some valuable lessons to grow through.
Paul said “Have salt in yourselves”
And he said that we should season things with grace. So that seems to say that grace is a seasoning, like salt. It makes things more pleasant to feast on. The two go together. They add value.
So, we learn more and gently, we’re drawn deeper. In him we can find the gritty grace we need. Sacrifices become deeper and more delightful.
Think on this. The words we share are a lot like the meals we cook. When a cook prepares a meal she goes to lots of trouble. It’s a hot job and it requires dedication. But at times when we sit down to eat we discover that we left out a vital seasoning. It’s missing something valuable. It’s flat, and it needs redoing. We have to fight discouragement and dig in and learn how to do better. So we take time to consider how we missed it.
It’s like that with a lot of our posts. We have lots of truthful information, but it’s flat, it has no heart power. It’s from the surface of the mind. The seasoning salt that makes it more appealing is missing. It’s because God hasn’t breathed on it. It lacks life, it’s not effective.
If we ask for help then we can grow. It’s still got too much of ‘me’ in it, and it’s visible that ‘me” needs more of He. We’re not quite ready. Truth always tells us that we’re loved but love has a responsibility. We do need to get better acquainted with the author of truth. Ears need to be finetuned so we hear deeper.
Full gospel truth is salted, well seasoned food; it’s full of God love and wisdom to walk right. Impartations of redeeming wisdom make us wiser. We sit under authority and we respect it. The offerings of more mature saints have been seasoned through many long suffering life experiences in practical ministry, and grace has been gained by experience. Through mercy and grace the word becomes flesh and dwells among men again, as it did in Jesus. And as Paul told some, because we respect the anointing we partake of their grace. Hearts change and we become better cooks.
You know the old saying “Been there, done that”? In reality that’s true on many levels. The shepherds had to live it out. Godly experience is priceless, it bears witness to the reality of the word of God and the resurrection life of Jesus. Maturity models it, because they’re dressed up in the son and seasoned with salt. It’s tasty, good and healthy meals that nourish the sheep. The meals of the mature are filled with hope that becomes salty and valuable. Easy to digest. We’ve feasted on words that go beyond theory and religious form and we begin a growth process. We get past our fear of mistakes and our insecurities, and we get hungry for more. We begin to hunger to live the life and go beyond just conversations about it. We want to walk our talk. We’ve tasted and seen that the Lord is good and we grow in saltiness.
I think that has a lot to do with why God is always telling us to “Be still, and know that I am God.” We need to sit at his feet and learn to fully mature. We’re in His process and we will only find the excellence that his work deserves if we get into his order and his time, in the flow of his river of love and grace. It’s only in his rest that we increase. Soaking in his love while gaining life changing experience will build up our faith muscles. Our worship in spirit and in truth will carry us into deep devotions and lift us up into more abundant places. And he will fill our bellies with life giving living water. And wisdom to apply it to the lives of others for their good.
Let’s resolve to seek in the deeps for the graces seasoned with saltiness that produces a wealth of wisdom.
I have learned to be content in whatever situation I am in.
Maturing, delighting in his loving instruction. Then we can prove our love for Jesus by what we feed his sheep.
Let the word of Christ dwell in you in all wealth of wisdom; teaching and helping one another with songs of praise and holy words, making melody to God with grace in your hearts.