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The Seasoning of Our Age - Luke 14:34-35
"Salt is a good thing. But if the salt loses its salty taste, then you can't make it salty again. It is worth nothing. You can't even use it for soil or for plant food. People throw it away. You people that hear me, listen!" (ERV) Full Text
We are called to be the salt of our culture and of our time. Salt is used for taste, for fertilizer, and for preservation. Jesus refers to all three uses at one time or another in his ministry. His point? If we lose our basic nature, our God-given usefulness, then we are unhelpful to the Kingdom and God's work in the world. His message is a harsh one, but one we need to hear. Living as Kingdom people in our time is crucial: crucial to our world and crucial to our discipleship. We are called to surrender all to Jesus to be used for his work in the world. To do anything less is to lose our "saltiness!"
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Today's Verses in Context
Many people were traveling with Jesus. Jesus said to the people, "If a person comes to me, but will not leave his father, mother, wife, children, brothers, or sisters, then that person cannot be my follower. A person must love me more than he loves anything—even his own life! If a person will not carry the cross (suffering) that is given to him when he follows me, then that person cannot be my follower. If you wanted to build a building, you would first sit down and decide how much it would cost. You must see if you have enough money to finish the job. If you don't do that, you might begin the work, but you would not be able to finish. And if you could not finish it, then all the people watching would laugh at you. They would say, 'This man began to build, but he was not able to finish!' "If a king is going to fight against another king, first he will sit down and plan. If the king has only 10,000 men, he will plan to see if he is able to defeat the other king that has 20,000 men. If he cannot defeat the other king, then he will send some men to speak to the other king and ask for peace. It is the same for each of you. You must decide if you can leave everything you have to follow me. If not, you cannot be my follower! "Salt is a good thing. But if the salt loses its salty taste, then you can't make it salty again. It is worth nothing. You can't even use it for soil or for plant food. People throw it away. "You people that hear me, listen!"
Luke 14:25-35 (ERV)
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