Shake the Salt from the Salt Shaker

You are the salt of the earth.
Matthew 5:13

If I am salt, I picture myself being composed of little seasoning granules. My body is the salt shaker holding the granules of Christ in me.

As a believer, it is my responsibility to shake and share Christ-crystals upon those around me. In other words, I am to be a witness. In Isaiah 43:10, the Lord declares, “You are My witnesses.” Before Jesus’ ascension, He told His disciples in Acts 1:8, “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be My witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” He still says this to me today.

I want to think about how some of the characteristics of salt teach me to be a witness for Christ.

Before refrigeration became available, the chemical compound known as salt was often used as a preservative. If people had eaten improperly stored meat, they could have died from food poisoning. As a believer, God allows me to shake the salt of salvation upon those around me. My salt comes from God’s Word. My saltiness proclaims John 3:16, “For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.Proverbs 14:25 says, “A truthful witness saves lives.

Salt is often added to food to enhance flavor. Some people’s taste buds are tantalized by a saltier flavor than others. Psalm 34:8 says, “Taste and see that the LORD is good.Reading God’s Word is never bland. However, sometimes one needs a little extra flavor sprinkled upon the written Word. Maybe I can add a little extra saltiness to scripture by sharing how I have applied a specific verse to a personal problem.

I can strive to add flavor by sharing God’s favor. God’s favor is His grace. According to
I Corinthians 15:10, I know that the grace of God is with me. And, I Corinthians 12:9 assures me that God’s grace is sufficient. The presence of God’s favor is part of my tasty testimony. I can assure others that they too can have God’s flavorful favor according to Ephesians 4:7, “But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it.”

After eating something extremely salty, like potato chips or peanuts, I want a drink of water. God’s purpose for me as salt is to create a thirst in others for spiritual water. In John 7:37 Jesus says, If anyone is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink.” I desire to shake enough salty Christ-crystals upon others to create a spiritual thirst.

I like the fact that I am salt according to Matthew 5:13. However, I do not want to be a salt shaker that never distributes the salt within me. Colossians 4:6 encourages me to be a witness by saying, “Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.” David says in Psalm 1914,May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer.” May my words be palatable granules of glory to God and the flavor of favor to those around me.

My Reader, are you salt?  Think about it each time you use a salt shaker.

Advertisements

Be a Lighthouse


Recently, we visited a lighthouse museum in Rockland, Maine. On a wall there was a statement that caught my attention. I am not sure of its exact wording, but I do remember the meaning. Basically it said that lighthouses and people are the same because they are all different  – size, shape and color. The quote was not accredited to a specific source.

Today, join me in thinking about the similarities of lighthouses and people. We will consider their appearance as well as function.

No two lighthouses or people look alike.

Some light houses are tall and skinny. Others may be short and chubby. The same can be said for people. Lighthouses are painted differently depending upon the color most visible where each is located. Sometimes white – sometimes red – sometimes striped. The options go on and on. God created people with various skin colors. Red, yellow, black and white.

Lighthouses look like towers with a bright light at the top. They are structures that emit light through a system of lamps and lenses. As Christians, we have a unique light source helping us be a light to the worldPsalm 18:28 says,You, LORD, keep my lamp burning; my God turns my darkness into light.”

Jesus says in John 8:12, “I am the light of the world.” He then instructs us to function as lighthouses in Matthew 5:16. “Let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”

Lighthouses guide a mariner’s voyage. As Christians, we shed light upon the personal paths of those sharing life’s journey with us.

Signals from llighthouses warn boaters about shallow shorelines and dangerous waterways. They help sailors safely navigate the seas. As Christians, we desire to help others see the shallowness of their lives – and then lead them to a deeper relationship with the Lord. We want to warn others of the world’s dangers. I like the quote, “The scars you share become lighthouses for other people who are headed to the same rocks you hit.” (author unknown)  Our goal is to help those around us safely navigate the seas of life.  I have heard it said, “Don’t forget that maybe you are the lighthouse in someone’s storm.” 

Mehmet Murat Ildan has said, “A lighthouse is not interested in who gets its light! It just gives it without thinking! Giving light is its nature!” This is true because a lighthouse is an object – not a person. However, it is different when we consider people.

In another quote Mehmet Murat Ildan sheds light upon how people function as lighthouses. He says, “To be a lighthouse, you must be strong enough to resist every kind of storm, to every kind of loneliness and you must have a powerful light inside you!” The light inside us is Jesus.

Isaiah 60:2 says, “See, darkness covers the earth and thick darkness is over the peoples, but the LORD rises upon you and His glory appears over you.”  Psalm 4:6 says, “Let the light of Your face shine on us.” When the glory of the Lord shines upon us, we radiate His presence. Our countenance is changed and we glow with His glory. Darkness is dissolved.

A lighthouse keeper is needed whether we are thinking about structures or people.

Today, most lighthouses of the sea are automated. Formerly, a lighthouse keeper was the person who tended and cared for a lighthouse – particularly the lights and lens. Initially, there were oil lamps and clockwork mechanisms that required attention.

God is the keeper of the lighthouse of our lives. In Jesus Always, Sarah Young points out that some suffering may be involved to help us shine more brightly. When we encounter dark, ugly times, God can transform them into something lovely. He polishes our character till it shines the Light of His Glory.

God’s Word is the manual illuminating how we are to function as a lighthouse. Psalm 119:105 says, “Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.” Let His Word light up your life so that your light does not become dim.

No two lighthouses or people look alike or function the same manner. That’s OK. God made it that way. In your own style, shine your light in the manner God intends. Together as a group of individuals, we form a diverse representation of lighthouses.

Reinhard Bonnke has said, “The Christian purpose is still the same: to carry the light of the gospel into a murky world.” Be a lighthouse!

(A source for quotes: http://www.wiseoldsayings.com/lighthouse-quotes/)

A Cup of “T”

 

 

tea-cup-set-2My Reader, would you like to join me for a cup of “T” today? Before you continue reading, you may want to get yourself a cup of hot liquid. Then come back so you can sip a cup of tea while we share three more cups of “T.” The cups I offer to you will be filled with truth, trials and testimony.

 

tea-cup-correct-with-sppponWe are filling our first cup of “T” with truth. The best cup of liquid tea is made by brewing tea in hot water for several minutes. It also takes time to produce a cup of truth because there are situations where it can be hard to discern the truth from falsehood. In John 8:31-32, Jesus says, “If you continue in My word,… you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.” If we are consistently in the Word (reading and meditating upon scripture), we can compare Christ in us to tea brewing in a cup of hot water. The result will be that we are set free when we drink this cup of “T.” Jesus goes on to say in John 14:6, “I am the way and the truth and the life.” So, may we allow the truth found in Jesus to brew in our cups of life. How do we get our cups filled and refilled with truth? John 4:24 says, “God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.” So, we refresh our cups of life with truth whenever we truly worship the Lord.

 

tea-cup-with-teaMy Reader, you may not want to be as quick to accept the next cup of “T” that I offer to you. It is a cup of trials. None of us like trials, but we will all encounter them during our lives. Some varieties of tea produce a darker colored tea than others. The same is true with the days of our lives – some days are darker than others. James 1:2-4 encourages us by saying, “Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.” In order for our cups of life to lack nothing, we have to accept the trials that are poured into our lives. Listen to the words of Jesus in Luke 22:42, “Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.” From a human perspective, even Jesus would have preferred not to endure trials but this cup was handed to Him by His Father. Think about what our situations might be like today if Jesus had not accepted the trial of the cross! Although not our favorite cup of “T,” as we sip our cup of trials, remember what is said in Romans 8:28, “we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.”

 

tea-cup-correct-with-rose-sugarOne more cup of “T” is waiting for us today. This is the cup of testimony. This cup of “T” will have a different flavor for each of us. That is okay because I like different varieties of tea to drink on different days. Some days our life cups will be full of a strong testimony while other days may result in a weaker testimony. Some days I allow the tea to steep longer than other days. David says in Psalm 23:5, “You (the Lord) prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.” While sitting at the table of life, we will be served cups of trials but the Holy Spirit will also be there pouring His presence into our cups brewing powerful testimonies. Revelation 12:11 says, “They triumphed over him (satan) by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony.” May we be quick to share our testimonial cups of how the Lord enables us to not only to overcome but to go through our trials. We must ask for refills of this cup of “T” on a daily basis. I do not care to drink cold leftover tea and neither is an old stale testimony appealing to those around us.

 

tea-cup-goldAs I look at the emptiness of my cup of life, a few words from the old hymn Fill My Cup Lord by Richard Blanchard come to mind. I realize I need the “T”s in my cup of life to be refreshed. I sing the following words to the Lord, Fill my cup, Lord; I lift it up Lord; Come and quench this thirsting of my soul.”

My Reader, are you ready for another fresh cup of “T” before we conclude our tea party together? What kind of “T” do you want – truth, trials or testimony? The Lord promises to fill your cup!

Joyfully,
Cheryl
gold apple new