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Written by Patrick Hawthorne for “SGM” @ http://servinggrace.com
Has the Church Become Empty Salt Shakers?
By Patrick Hawthorne
“You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt should become-tasteless, with what will it be salted? It no longer has strength for anything except, having been thrown outside, to be trampled-underfoot by people. (Matthew 5:13 Disciples Literal New Testament).
Jesus had just begun His teaching in what we have come to know as the Beatitudes. In carrying on the thought of, “Blessed are..,” He interjects – to those who are present for the message – that they are the salt of the earth; that WE are the salt of the earth. He then tells them that they are lights meant to shine for all to see.
Of late, my thoughts have been toward the Body of Christ and how we have failed in so many ways. As I read this particular verse, I could not help but think, “Have we become an army of empty salt shakers?”
Yes, we tout our conversions for Christ as some great achievement, but where is the discipleship? Where are the “Doer’s of the Word and not hearers only?” We have more biblical knowledge than any generation before us. Yet, why is this world so dark? Is it because we are hiding our lights under the cover of our churches? Are we so busy with our inward fighting of each other that we are failing in our good fight of faith?
Believe me, as I am pointing my finger at you I am just as much turning it back on me. Jesus came to this world, not just to die, but to show us how to live. He came to this earth to right the wrong brought about in the Garden of Eden. Jesus came to reestablish heaven on earth so that we could once again walk in the cool of the evening with our Heavenly Father. He came to restore the authority and the power that was stolen by the father of lies. He came so that we could show a lost and dying world that there is freedom.
Yet, have we become as a lamp, empty of any oil in which to light a flame; salt which has lost all flavor? No, I don’t think so. I think we have merely lost our way but for a moment. We will once again find our way once we stop talking the talk and begin walking the talk. Be blessed.