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Are you salty?

Jesus tells us plainly what his church (you and me) is to be like. It is to be salt — and not just plain salt, but salty salt! He said, “Salt that loses its saltiness is good for nothing,” (Matthew 5:13, Mark 9:50, Luke 14:34).
It will only be cast out and trodden under the feet of men. But a church that is salt should be salty. He means that, like salt in food, it should be spread throughout the whole area, flavoring whatever it touches. The church is to function not only when it meets on Sunday, but out where you people are during the week — in business offices, in the marketplace, in shops, in your home, wherever you are. That is where the church does its work. That is where it is to tell the good news and to be salt, flavoring life with a different flavor, a different attitude toward circumstances, which does not go along with the willful, wicked, and wanton ways of the world but which chooses to walk in truth, righteousness, love and honesty. That is how the church becomes salt, filled with good works.
And it is also to be light. “You are like a city set on a hill,” said Jesus. “You are the light of the world,” (Matthew 5:14 NIV). Light is a symbol of truth. The church is to be a source of truth and of vision. It is the church that is charged with the task of making people understand the program of God throughout history, and of interpreting the events of the day so that men see what God is doing, not what man intends to do. That is the work of the church: To declare the truth about humanity’s lost condition and the good news that a Savior has been born who will save us from our sin. Judged by that standard, The Church of Laodicea (the rich yet lukewarm church) had nothing. They were as though stripped naked, poor, pitiful, wretched, and blind.
How about you? Are you salty? Making an eternal difference in anyone’s life?
For the rest of this excellent article see:
www.raystedman.org/new-testament/revelation/the-poor-rich-church YBIC, Dan Shock CBMC of Tampa Bay
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Perspective on Kingdom Work: “Thinking Lost” bit.ly/1iUQg7x -best teaching I’ve heard on the Great Commission

Dan Shock CBMC of Tampa Bay
Engage in Kingdom Work: Advance.CBMC.Com<advance.cbmc.com/> -Free tools for sharing and growing your faith
Perspective on Kingdom Work: “Thinking Lost” bit.ly/1iUQg7x -best teaching I’ve heard on the Great Commission

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