Salt is still required

When I was young, potato crisps only came in the one flavour, and each bag contained a separate blue paper packet, ~ the salt. It was up to you how much salt you added to the crisps in the bag. You decided how salty you wanted your crisps. Nowadays there is no choice .. the crisps (chips) are salted before they are bagged.

Also nowadays, salt is not such a desirable food additive, and the labels on packets and tins on the supermarket shelves are scanned for percentage of the recommended daily intake. Too much salt, we are told is not good for our health.

Times change. A favourite uncle used to grow wonderful vegetables, producing Runner Beans in abundance, despite generous gifts to family, friends and neighbours there were always plenty to pick and preserve in salt, for wintry days. I guess that is not done much in these days of quick freezing.

You are,” the Lord Jesus said, “salt for the earth. But if salt loses its taste, what can make it salty again? It is good, for nothing, and can only be thrown out and trampled under people’s feet.”

I think of salt as Holiness. Holiness without which ‘no one may see the Lord’ ~ holiness is the savour, the taste which the Lord looks for in our worship and our lives. In the Gospel of Mark, Jesus adds,

Have salt in yourselves and be at peace with one another”

Like salt on the table, holiness is often missing in life today, relationships are conducted just as they come, and often we hear “it doesn’t hurt anyone else” We also spend far too much time in petty squabbles with each other within our church fellowships in comparison to little time spent in praying and studying together.

~ I would say, that is often quite untrue our bad behaviour doesn’t hurt anyone else, quite plainly it often does hurt someone else, often, it is the very young, innocent and vulnerable, it betrays sin in the hidden man or woman of our heart, it is simply overlooked, people are in the dark, so to speak,

“You are light for the world. A city built on a hill-top cannot be hidden. No one lights a lamp to put it under a tub; they put it on the lamp-stand where it shines for everyone in the house. In the same way your light must shine in people’s sight, so that, seeing your good works, they may give praise to your Father in heaven.”

Scandalous behaviour amongst priests and church leaders seems to be coming more and more prevalent amongst church people – this should not be. Immediately following these words in Matthew chapter 5, our Lord taught us not to imagine He has come to abolish either the Law or the Prophets but to complete them (written on our hearts and minds by the spirit, they show us our faults and failings in order that our hearts may take on a new perfection in love and holiness)

I have thought of the Law, the Ten Commandments and the Prophets as being the fence, or wall around the vineyard and sheepfold.. these instructions were given by God in order to protect the innocent (think of all those who harmed by abuse, whether physically, or mentally, think of all victims of theft, violence, crime, all who are corrupted by the behaviour and injustice of others – we are told that we should not judge (pass sentence, and condemn unjustly) but the Lord who is our Judge, always gives justice and administers judgement to protect the innocent). When Jesus speaks of the Sheepfold in chapter 10, John’s Gospel, He tells us that He completes the wall or fence by laying Himself down at the open entrance as the Door. As Christians, members of His Body … we need to be very careful that we do not lose the Holiness, God has called us to … “not one dot, not one little stroke, is to disappear from the Law until all its purpose is achieved” The Righteous Judge stands watch at the door.

I cannot think, that the whole world is yet subject to the Lord Jesus, we who love the Lord need to continue to be both Salt and Light. Good works and Holy people. Both are still very needful.

Scriptures from Matthew Chapter 5 (N.J.B.)

13 thoughts on “Salt is still required

  1. Love this blog and the truth you’ve shared. When we recklessly sin, we selfishly believe it’s our choice and no one else’s business. But you are absolutely correct; our sins are far reaching, especially when children are involved. Bravo for speaking the truth!

    1. Only repeating what the Master said Cecilia. Salvation is not cheap grace, it cost Heaven, Jesus Christ and the Apostles all they had to leave these teachings on deposit for us.

  2. Do our sins matter, even those which do not offend others? I believe they do because of the spirit realm which exists around us. If we sin, we agree with the god of this world. If we walk in righteousness, we agree with our Lord Jesus Christ. Like C. S. Lewis wrote: “There is no neutral ground in the universe. Every square inch, every split second is claimed by God, and counterclaimed by Satan.”

    1. We are not saved to continue in our sins Larry. These words of Jesus are very comforting but instructive. They do require more looking into than a casual reading, people who are casual about bad relationships are not made perfect in love either for God or for our neighbour but I think we ought to take the compassion of Jesus as our example in conversation and deed. He saw and said on occasion that the crowds were sheep without a shepherd and that He indeed had compassion for them. Always, always for our Lord truth and gentleness go together. His gentleness overcame and does overcome the full strength of any enmity. Many thanks for your insight.

  3. Some use the Law and the Prophets as a club to beat others with. The only way to truly keep them is to allow the Holy Spirit to do it in and through you. The fruit will clearly show when you are walking in the Spirit. This post seems pretty fruitful.

    1. To a certain extent we all regard the Law. prophets and even the Words of Christ with a speck or plank in our eye, the work of grace begins when the Spirit in us floods out in tears, through which our specks are removed. The prophets wept because of the wretched state of God’s people who suffered in themselves the consenquences of sin… Sin grieves God. He weeps. I am not a person of learning, just one who was shown through the Spirit Christ weeping in Gethesmane. He still weeps for every stone that is thrown that hinders another coming to Him to receive the Spirit of Holiness. Thank you for your visit and comment.

  4. interesting about past salted crisps.
    i am currently growing beans for the first time, so this post seems to relate to me.

    1. Good luck with them. I used to plant Runner (Kidney Beans) They are good to watch as they progress. Everything that is worthwhile takes time and the rules of natural organic growth apply to spiritual things. In a very true, real way spiritual growth is intended for all people. Thank you for your kindness in visiting and commenting

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