Don’t Lose the Power of Your Saltiness for the Lord
Prioritizing God Above Everyone and Everything Else in Your Life
by J.M. Troppello
I like salt. I used to use it more on my foods. Now I just use it when I have French fries. When I cook, I use herbs, garlic, onions, and other things for flavor like ground celery etc.
34 “Salt is good; but if the salt has lost its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? 35 It is neither fit for the land nor for the dunghill, but men throw it out. He who has ears to hear, let him hear!” (Luke 14:34-35, NKJV)
In this short passage from Luke 14:34-35, Jesus is talking about a believer losing his or her saltiness – or faithfulness in living for God and being a witness for Him. According to the Thomas Nelson Study Bible, they used salt in ancient times to “burn fuel such as cattle dung.” Salt could become impure and not work as well as when it was pure. That would make that impure, old salt useless.
Jesus shared this example to show that faithfulness is important to God. As a Christian, you should value your level of faithfulness as well. Yes, your salvation is not based on works. It is based on your faith in God and acceptance of Jesus’s death on the cross for your salvation. However, God still wants you to continue to grow and develop in your walk in the Lord each day.
57 Now it happened as they journeyed on the road, that someone said to Him, “Lord, I will follow You wherever You go.”
58 And Jesus said to him, “Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head.”
59 Then He said to another, “Follow Me.”
But he said, “Lord, let me first go and bury my father.”
60 Jesus said to him, “Let the dead bury their own dead, but you go and preach the kingdom of God.”
61 And another also said, “Lord, I will follow You, but let me first go and bid them farewell who are at my house.”
62 But Jesus said to him, “No one, having put his hand to the plow, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.” (Luke 9:61-62, NKJV)
In Luke 9:61-62, Jesus responded to someone who had spoken to Him while Jesus traveled with the disciples on the road. The person had said, “Lord, I will follow you wherever you go.” Jesus then turned to another person and asked them to follow Him, but that person said that he had to go and bury his father first. Another person had said that he would follow Jesus, but only after he said goodbye to the people who were at his house.
Basically, Jesus was sharing that the true cost of discipleship is hard. You must prioritize God above everyone and everything else. Rereading these passages today definitely gives me pause.
Do I prioritize God above all else?
That’s a hard question to ask myself. The question itself is not difficult to ask. The hard part is being genuinely honest with myself and trying to find the true answer.
Is it hard for you to be genuinely honest with yourself?
Article syndicated by Mustard Seed Sentinel on Medium.com.
About the Author
J.M. Troppello is an author, writer, and poet. She is the publisher of the online Christian lifestyle magazine, Mustard Seed Sentinel.
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