#79 Salt of the Earth
Posted: Thursday, May 25th, 2017Print
About The Mystery of Discipleship Series
Jesus’ closest disciples were trusted to speak for Him and tell us His story. All are called to the mystery of discipleship, but the choice is ours.
Luke 14:33-34 NASB
So then, none of you can be My disciple who does not give up all his own possessions.
Therefore, salt is good; but if even salt has become tasteless, with what will it be seasoned?
Oh, the Lord is so strange in His teachings! His subject goes from war, to possessions and ownership, to salt. And there is a “therefore”…meaning it is a connecting statement. Only the Lord can reveal His own sayings.
SALT OF THE EARTH
Salt is a substance of the earth. Salt brings out the flavor of whatever it touches. It does not seek its own flavor. Salt causes the flavor to snap out of those foods it touches. Salt is a needed element for all foods. Everything edible needs salt.
Life is tasteless and dull, difficult and painful. ALL of it, full of monotonous duties and cruel situations made so by the need for God on the earth. Salt stands for the divine life, the presence of Christ that transforms ordinary living into a delightful – if taxing – adventure.
The disciple is one who is willing to lose all, live by the cross, build the church, fight the fight (Luke 14:26-33) and own nothing… THEREFORE that one will be salt to a weak and bland world.
That’s why the word ‘therefore’ is there. The true disciple is “therefore”…salt.