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 underfoot
When Jesus told us to never lose our saltiness; but He didn’t mean we should never use it! Salt only works when it comes out of the salt shaker and interacts with and changes the place where it is shaken. This Summer God has put it on my heart to pray for a way out of my salt shaker and into my neighborhood.
After all we want to be sure we are fulfilling Jesus’ prayer that we should be in the world…but not of it. We all need to be very careful of the easy tendancy to be of the world – but not in it! In the book of Acts, it was only when the disciples began to get out of their shaker that God could truly begin to shake things up. So who is ready to be shaken?
There they were in the middle of the road in front of our pick-up. In that situation you need to just put the truck in park and enjoy the scenery because cows never hurry to do anything they don’t want to do.
When people say they’ll wait till the cows come home they may not have had cows of their own. Most of the time my own experience is that they don’t come home at all. Some one has to go and find them, get them all together and then Guide, drive and lead them back to where they need to be!
Their own pasture is safe and green and comfortable but the break in the fence line beckons them with an allure to a new and potentially dangerous place (in this case the middle of the road!) I am so glad that God calls us His sheep and not His cattle. Sheep will always follow their shepherd and He will stay with them. Cows must be forced back into their own field then left alone. Jesus has promised He will always be at our side. So wait all you like for the cows to come but they’ll wander off again the first chance they get because home just isn’t in their hearts!
Listen to me, dear brothers and sisters. Hasn’t God chosen the poor in this world to be rich in faith?… James 2:5
On days when we can see treasure where God sees it, and treasure those who Jesus welcomes, we will find one small part of the riches of Heaven!