TODAY'S WORD FOR Thursday, December 05, 2019:
A preservative used for seasoning food.
You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by man.
KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE:
The apostle Paul wrote one of our favorite verses in Philippians 1:21. It reads, “For to me to live is Christ (He is our source of joy and our reason to live) and to die is gain” (for we will be with Him in eternity).
If Christ is our source of joy and our reason to live, then the question arises, “Are we living like it --- enthusiastically for God?
Some people wake up in the morning excited and thinking about what God has for them today. Others are content to sit back and live a morally good life, enjoy the blessings of the day and basically accomplish very little, if anything, to further the kingdom of God.
We are living in a culture today where it is not popular to be a believer in Jesus and even less popular to take a stand for our Christian beliefs. Those people entrenched in worldly standards look at one who is serving God as literally “mad”.
But let us remind you that many people down through history have stepped out by faith to accomplish something big for God and have been called “Mad” by the world (unbelievers of Jesus) or at least out of their mind for trying to accomplish something big for the Lord. Then there are other examples: Columbus was called mad because he decided to look for the East Indies by sailing west. Martin Luther was called mad because he took a stand against the entrenched religious hierarchy of his day. Patrick Henry was considered mad because he cried out, “Give me liberty or give me death.” They dared to “step out of the box.”
Unfortunately, Christians today have become so compromising and so blended into society that they have become insipid. In the verse we have put above, Jesus warned us over 2,000 years ago when He said, “Believers are the salt of the earth, but if the salt loses its saltiness it is no longer good for anything but to be thrown out”. It is worthless and of no value.
If those who profess to know Jesus as their Savior do not live in such away as to affect the world around them, they are of little use to the Lord and just like salt that has lost its SALTINESS they are worthless and of no value to our Lord.
Think about it! Have you lost your saltiness? Are you living a bold and uncompromising life for Christ and are you making a difference in your home, in your neighborhood, in your church or with your neighbors? Ask yourself, what does it mean to live? Who are you living for? Can you say with Paul, “For me to live is Christ?”
Our memory verse for this week is found in Proverbs 8:13.
The fear of the Lord is to hate evil.
May Your Holy Spirit today help me never to shrink from doing something big for You at every opportunity. Help me to not lose the seasoning in my salt so that I am useless to You.
These Family Devotional thoughts are written by Dr. Ken Phillips, Executive Director of America's Hunger
Solution, and his wife Dottie. Ken has had ministry positions
with The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, World Vision, Youth For Christ, World Opportunities International,
and World Bible Society. He also has consulted for more than 30 Christian ministries in management and stewardship
development. They have published a book called No Problems Only Situations that discusses the journey of their family.
Ken and Dottie have been married for 60 years, and have 6 children, 20 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren. Their
second book, TODAY'S WORD, includes 365 daily
devotionals and is now available for only $10.
Ken & Dottie Phillips
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