Thought For The Week
“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 underfoot.” Matthew 5:13
What is salt? It is a mineral and essential to living healthy. Our human bodies need it. Salt is also one of the basic human tastes God designed us with. In fact it is one of the ingredients that makes an inherent different on our enjoyment of food. To live without salt is to live a bland life. Our taste buds may adjust in time, but it is essential to flavoring at restaurants and kitchens everywhere.
We who know Christ understands the correlation. Life without Christ seems better to those who have never tasted and seen that God is good; but we who have the flavor, the aroma of Christ, the Spirit of the living God know there is an incredible difference with Him in our lives.
Salt is most often not visible just by looking at a food, (unless it’s baked on the peels of potatoes in large granules or things of the like); most commonly it mixes in and is not visible. So we must get close to it to taste or notice the difference.
So it is in the world we live. If our lives and homes are so excluded from anyone without Christ, how can we be the salty flavor that God desires?
Many believers have no friends who are not believers some time after becoming followers of Christ. Is this essential or is it merely comfortable? Jesus said, Go into all the world and make disciples. The great commission is flavored with us having an interest, a love and heart to reach and effect a world - lives around us - without a knowledge of the flavor of Christ.
How are we salt in the community we’re in? How can we be? Shut ins can pray mightily for people to come to a saving knowledge of Christ, for divine connections for those who are able to be in the community. We can also pray and ask the Father to give us His heart for people. Phones work well to touch the lives of people, neighbors included. Emails and internet provide possibilities. Visiting a neighbor, asking God to bring connections with who he wants and to push away those he doesn’t. Be a friend. Care. Pray. Fast. And be sensitive to His leading, not just to our comfort zone and ease.
Ask God to lay on your heart ones he desires you to reach with the flavor of Christ. Love, give to the needy, call a lonely friend or visit when able. Help the lady next door with groceries. And pray on for a clearer understanding of the love of God and the gospel in their lives. We can make a difference!
“The Lord is my Light and my Salvation”.
The Lord is our Light when we go forward and can't see the way, out of the places we go.
The Lord is our Salvation, to catch us, hold us up when the drop offs come... the unexpected things.
Through it all, good or bad... Whether it's loss or illness or loneliness, God's Presence is richer than we expect when we come close to a Father in heaven who sees. His comfort is good. His power able and His love unfailing. Come near to Him and reach out to be His hands and feet to those around you.
Fill up with His Presence... and then reach out.
Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. 2 Corinthians 9:6. Niv
The principle of giving applies to all of us, not only monetarily but also monetarily. A way to keep our hearts from the love of money coming before our love for God is by practicing generosity. It keeps our hearts free. And it brings joy to the giver.
"And God is able to bless you abundantly." It also says after this... "You will be enriched in every way..." To open the door for more generosity. And thanksgiving will be given to God!
Let this next year be a year of stepping out in faith to be generous.
"And pray in the Spirit in all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all God's people." Ephesians 6:18 niv
A story I heard of an area in Africa, told the custom of new believers in the area. As new believers they would often use prayer paths through the forest, to spend time in prayer. Each person had their own. And when one path became overgrown and unused, they would gently encourage the person, "Friend, there's grass on your path."
As part of the family of God, we are to lovingly encourage one another to grow up in our life for God. Lovingly. And in a manner that encourages. As the verse says: strengthen weak knees and feeble arms. Hebrews 12:12 niv. We all need encouragement at times. And we all need time spent in prayer, in intimacy with our Father in heaven. Whether it's walking in prayer, sitting, or other ways, let's keep our paths in prayer from being overgrown this coming year. Blessings come through persistence and through loving one another up in God.
But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. Isaiah 40:31. niv
How true it is that our way is not Gods way. Or shall we say His ways are above it ways. Look to God rather than the circumstances, rather than your own failure and frailties. In God we are revived daily. A joy comes to fill our hearts in His Presence. His Presence is worth it all. The hope He gives is above anything the world can give. His joy, the treasures of His Presence are like nothing this world can offer. Through his word, praying and fasting we draw into His Presence into a fullness of life only experienced in the presence of His Spirit. Treasures of hope come when we focus on the One who is able, rather than the challenges that lay in our path day by day.
For He is the Way Maker. He breathes life into dry bones if we allow Him to. He lives to make a way through things that come against us. Keep trusting. Keep plodding. Keep your eyes on Him, the One with whom miracles come in our families, in our lives, even bodies at times. Keep your hope in God my friends.