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Losing Saltiness of A Christian
Loosing Saltiness of A Christian
"In the same way, any of you who does not give up everything he has cannot be my disciple."
"Salt is good, but if it loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again. It is fit neither for the soil nor for the manure pile, it is thrown out."
Luke 14 :33-34
A true follower of Christ who has given up everything for Christ sake is compared to a salt. A salt has many uses, it makes food tastes really good for our taste. Without salt we cannot eat some of them.
Food anthropologists think out enjoyment of salty food dates back about eight thousand years to when human beings went from gathering food and hunting to cultivating crops and domesticating animals. To survive, ancient people needed to preserve food for the winter. One available way was to salt it.Salt cuts down bacteria growth. Salt reduces the boiling point of water, helps heat penetrate cooking foods and conditions dough in baked products Salt adds flavor and some foods like cheese require salt for their formation. The real advantage may be that it enhances all the other flavors even sweetness.
But if the salt loses its saltiness, will it still be valuable as it used to be? How is a true follower of Christ likened to a salt ? How can he preserve his saltiness or his impact ?
A true disciple of Christ must completely surrender himself to the Lordship of Christ. He must be willing to forsake anything that hinders the perfect will of Christ to be done in his/her life.
There are many things that could hinder a person from fulfilling the will of Christ in his/her life. A "love for self" could be one, so every disciple of Christ is admonished to deny first the self. Why this could be a hindrance ? If you love yourself so much you mightl give priority to your selfish ambitions. You will give more time in fulfilling your own selfish agenda rather than Christ agenda in your life.
Love for a "spouse" could be a hindrance to discipleship. In what way ? If a person is centered on pleasing her husband or wife, this could hinder one from fulfilling the will of Christ in his/her life.He/She will invest more time and money on things that will pleaese his/her spouse that she/he might lose time in doing the commandments of Christ.
A Christian/disciple priority in his/her life should be the "Great Commission" of Christ as it is written in Matthew 28: 19-20:
"Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you."
The "Great Commission of Christ" in Matthew 28: 18-20 is the farewell message of Christ before He ascended to heaven. I believe with all my heart that this should be the priority of every disciple of JesusChrist. A Christian should be willing to forsake anything may it be your career, your ambition, your loved ones that hinder your obedience to the great commission. If you hold on to those things that hinder the will of Christ to be done in your life, you will lose your impact as a Christian. You will lose your saltiness.
The first century Christian church was able to turn the world upside down because they were first disciples of Christ before becomimg anybody else. Today's Christianity seemingly has lost its impact because christians today are not admonished to give priority to the Great Commission of our Lord Jesus Christ. They must be admonished that they are first and foremost disciples of Christ before becoming a husband or a wife, a son or a daughter, a brother or a sister.