The Jesus Code: “How salty are you?” + LINKUP

 

The Jesus Code

Chapter 27 The Jesus Code: 52 Scripture Questions Every Believer Should Answer by O.S. Hawkins.

 

This week’s question: “If salt loses its flavor, how shall [the earth] be seasoned?” (Matthew 5.13).

Matthew 5, 6, & 7, the Sermon on the Mount, so called because it was delivered on a mountainside. This was Jesus’ first public sermon. Here was the King of kings giving His inaugural address, if you will. He was basically saying, this is how life is in My kingdom.

One of the points He chose to make in that sermon was this, ““You are the salt of the earth …” (v. 13a). In a world and a culture that is increasingly wicked and moving farther and farther from the way life is in His kingdom, we are still the salt of the earth!

In the rest of that verse, Jesus points out the danger of losing our saltiness, “… but if the salt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men.”

It is good for nothing!

Oftentimes we bemoan the fact that the world as it once was seems to be falling apart. There are few moral standards and, in fact, increasingly evil is called good and good called evil.

We must ask ourselves, “How have we failed to be salt?” and “How will be be salt in the future?”

What does salt do?

  • Salt is a preservative.

Hawkins:

We are living in a decaying culture, and when something decays, it falls apart. Many of our social structures that used to be sound and secure are rotting away. Marriages and morals are continuing to decay at a high rate. And Jesus said, “You are the salt of the earth.” The only thing standing in the way of an entire cultural collapse are those believers who are truly preserving the earth by being “salt” in their daily lives before others. Salt preserves.

 

  • Salt flavors.

If you have ever eaten an egg or a baked potato without salt you know, adding a little salt improves the flavor immensely.

The author says:

So often, as believers, we think we cannot have much influence by our meager actions, but it just takes a little salt to make a huge difference at school, in the neighborhood, at the office, or wherever we might be. Salt not only preserves, it also flavors.

 

  • Salt stings.

saltHawkins:

When Jesus said we are the salt of the earth, He meant that our very lives should bring conviction to— should sting— the people around us. While it is important that our presence serves to both preserve and flavor a culture, there should also be an aspect of our presence that stings when it comes into contact with worldly actions and attitudes. Too many believers seem to think they are to be like honey and soothe our sin-sick world instead of being like salt that stings in order to convict. When our Lord called us salt, He meant for us to not only preserve and flavor our culture, He meant to use our example to convict others of their need for Jesus as they see Him alive in us.

 

  • Salt creates a thirst.

As in everything, Jesus is the supreme example. Even though He called sin what it is and challenged those around Him to count the cost of following Him, He drew others to Him. He created a thirst for what only He can give.

The author ends with these thoughts:

Little does our world system realize that the presence of God’s people is preventing the final collapse of our civilization and ultimate judgment. We are the only ones who can truly flavor the lives of those around us, sometimes even sting them a bit, and make them thirsty for the Living Water that enables us to never thirst again!

 

A note:

I have been pulling a few thoughts out of each chapter, but I cannot cover all the nuggets Hawkins shares in this little gem of a book. I hope these excerpts whet your appetite to purchase the book for yourself. Just click on one of the links below.

Blessings,
Donna

 

Next week’s question: “Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature?” (Matthew 6.27).

Last week’s question: “Will a man rob God?” (Malachi 3.8). Read it here.

 

 

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