Are you at risk of losing your effectiveness as a child of God?
How can we do that? you might ask. I was just asking God about that this morning.
You see, I was reading in Leviticus (bet you didn’t think I’d find anything fascinating there) and I came upon God’s command to the Israelites to “add salt to all of your offerings” (Leviticus 2:13).
Seriously? Does God have a thing for salt?
Apparently He does. Not only did the salt give the offering a pleasant aroma, but salt, I discovered:
- enhances flavor.
- is indestructible. It doesn’t burn up.
- preserves or slows the decay of something, if the salt itself stays pure.
- is unable to lose it’s saltiness, but can lose its effectiveness by being diluted.
Suddenly, I remembered Jesus’ words to His followers in Matthew 5:13:
You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled by men.
I often go to a certain translation to search out the passion of the original language in which a verse was written. This is how The Message translates those words of Jesus:
Let me tell you why you are here. You’re here to be salt-seasoning that brings out the God-flavors of this earth. If you lose your saltiness, how will people taste godliness? You’ve lost your usefulness and will end up in the garbage.
Salt loses its effectiveness when diluted. Hmmmm. That got me thinking. Is anything diluting my purity and effectiveness as a follower of Christ? Is worldliness, materialism, busyness, love for anything more than God taking over my heart and making me less salty, less effective, and less flavorful so others can no longer see Jesus in me? Is gossip or a critical spirit or a lack of faith making me look like everyone else in the world?
Oh Lord, keep us salt-seasoned so others will see You through our daily decisions, our obedience, and every word that comes out of our mouths.
Stay salty, my friends…so others will taste godliness.
What threatens to dilute your purity and effectiveness for Christ? I’d love to have that discussion with you in the comment section below.