Salted With Fire
For every one shall be salted with fire, and every sacrifice shall be salted with salt (Mark 9:49)
In this verse we read about Salt, Fire and Sacrifice. Let’s see what these really mean:
*1. What is Salt?
Lord Jesus said that we are the Salt of the earth (Matthew 5:13)
So, people are the Salt of the earth
*2. Why are we compared to Salt?
We, as people made in the image of God have an opportunity to reflect God in every situation or reflect evil in every situation.
Similar to the way, Salt brings out flavor to a dish or makes it undesirable when there is too much of salt or no salt at all.
Being Salt of the earth means that, we are supposed to bring out the true flavor by responding to the situations with the character of Lord Jesus
We should be mindful that we shouldn’t make a thing Salty or Undesirable. It’s just like adding too much of table salt to our food.
*3. Salted With Fire
Fire represents test. To figure out the purity or quality of gold, it has to be refined. Our nature, will refined by God to see the kind of people we are. To see if we are Pharisees, who do the things and whose hearts are away from God, or to see if there’s is honesty and purity in our character.
His workmanship will be evident, because the Day will bring it to light. It will be revealed with fire, and the fire will prove the quality of each man’s work (1 Corinthians 3:13)
These trials will show that your faith is genuine. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold—though your faith is far more precious than mere gold. So when your faith remains strong through many trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world. (1 Peter 1:7)
Fire tests our saltiness in unpleasant situations, in situations that test our: faith, patience, love, very existence.
The outcome shows our Saltiness, our true character.
*4. Sacrifice salted with Salt
When we usually have to sacrifice something it is not a pleasurable or most enjoyable situation.
Sacrifice demands our intentional effort of doing things which we really don’t like with a joyful heart.
When our sacrifices are offered with a joyful heart, without grumbling, without murmuring, without gossiping, and without anger or bitterness, that’s when they are acceptable in God’s eyes and they become a sacrifice salted with Salt, with right attitude.
No matter what kind of trails we go through let us not lose our Saltiness, our Character. We are not here to please people rather to glorify God in whatever we do. God is going to take care of the people who put us through fire.
We just have to continue on our journey. Jesus didn’t give up His calling when Pharisees called him a prince of demonsor were jealous of him, when Judas betrayed him or when every disciple ranaway.
Let us be like Jesus. Let is be transformed into the Likeness of Jesus
God Bless You
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*Mediate the Word # Write your insights
God’s Word teaches the difference between what a person is before he is saved and what he is afterward. When I live under the control of the Holy Spirit, I will show it by the way I react to the trials and temptations of life. If my heart is full of the Savior’s love, I will respond to an unexpected trial with patience and kindness. Like a full glass of water, what’s inside of me will spill over on the outside.
Truth is: When trouble grows, our character shows.
How do I follow Jesus’ ways? First of all, I must turn from my sin and entrust my life to Him as my Savior and Lord. Then, I seek His will in His Word each day and put it into practice by the power of the Holy Spirit. I must learn to deny my selfish desires and give myself completely to following Jesus. If I want to get in line with the purposes of God, I must *respond to Jesus’ invitation: “Follow Me!” *
Truth is: To find our way through life, follow Jesus. All Glory to Lord Jesus Christ.
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