Matthew 5:13-14 says, “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled by men”.
When I think about salt I think of it being something that adds flavour or preserves what it is added to. This caused me to ask myself three questions.
- Am I adding the “flavour” of God to the things I am involved with?
- Am I “preserving” the good things of God in the group or situation I find myself in?
- Have I lost some of the saltiness I once had?
Simple things like having a positive and encouraging attitude and really living out what we believe is at the heart of being salty I think. Treating people with love and respect and then helping them when they are in need makes a huge difference.
This is the sort of thing people notice and attracts them to Jesus. That was all it took for me some 19 years ago. Two friends at work who really loved and followed Jesus. They were as salty as salt could be and it made a huge difference to my life.
Colossians 2:6-7 says, “So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness”.
If we need to “continue to be rooted and built up in Him”, how do we do this? I believe there are three main ways.
1. Read the Bible – I believe the Bible is God’s handbook for life and its power to transform our lives. Reading the Bible helps us to learn more about Jesus and His teachings. When we know about Jesus’ teachings and we try to follow them we are able to grow in our faith.
2. Ongoing Prayer – Prayer helps us to get in tune with God, but it strengthens us and makes a difference in our everyday situations. If you are not used to praying simply talk to God like you would with your closest friend. The key to prayer is to open the lines of communication with God and go from there.
3. Fellowship – Meeting with other people who share your faith is a key to going deeper in Christ. Meeting with others helps us to learn from each other and to support each other along life’s journey.
I was watching an interview with Sachin Tendulkar on the cricket coverage yesterday. It was interesting to hear what his life is like in India. He can hardly leave his home in India as he is so popular and people mob him wherever he goes. From the interview it sounded like he preferred to be away from home as he more of a chance to relax and have time alone.
This made me think about how at times we idolise our sports stars. It is to the point that in some cases we worship them. From a very young age many of them are mobbed by adoring fans, bucket loads of money is thrown at them and they are treated like royalty. Is it any wonder that some of them go off track?
Now I love my sport just as much as the next guy, probably more to be honest. But I think we need to keep our adulation in check. We can admire our sports heroes and respect their ability, but it has to fall a long way short of worship.
The Bible tells us that we should worship God and Him alone (Exodus 20:3). When we put our sports stars on a high pedistool and give them worship, it sets them up for a big fall as people were not ever intended to be worshipped. More importantly though, it robs God of what should belong to Him alone.