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Luke 14:15-35

September 4, 2008 Leave a comment Go to comments

“‘Salt is good for seasoning. But if it loses its flavor, how do you make it salty again? 35 Flavorless salt is good neither for the soil nor for the manure pile. It is thrown away. Anyone with ears to hear should listen and understand!'” v. 34-35

In Matthew 15, Jesus says that we are the salt of the earth.  We are to be that seasoning that make things better!  Think of it like this.  When you are around non-believer, you are seasoning their life by what God is doing in yours, and hopefully, you are sharing the Gospel with them.  When you are around other believers, you are seasoning their life by the things God is teaching you and the way you encourage and inspire them to continue in their own journey with God.

Regardless of where we are, Jesus wants to use us.  However, the costs are high, if you don’t believe me read these 3 verses,

A large crowd was following Jesus. He turned around and said to them, 26 “If you want to be my disciple, you must hate everyone else by comparison—your father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters—yes, even your own life. Otherwise, you cannot be my disciple. 27 And if you do not carry your own cross and follow me, you cannot be my disciple.”

The people understood what it meant to carry a cross because anyone who was put to death (crucified) had to carry there own cross through town in order to get to the place they would be crucified.  Today we understand it because we know that Christ had to carry His own cross.

Today, will you carry your cross and be the salt of the earth that Jesus describes here and in Matthew 15?

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  1. tyler
    September 4, 2008 at 7:59 am

    dano-
    if i can remember back to those college days (this is going to be hazy) the illustration of carrying your cross had special importance because of a mass crucifiction a generation before Jesus. I think it was tied to the Macabees revolting against the Romans-like i said hazy-the image would have been from the literal miles of crucified men that lines a particular road!

    Of course its 8 in the morn on a thursday, so i wouldn’t put it past me to say that moses was actually Paul or something crazy like that but i think the connection is there!

  2. dangould
    September 4, 2008 at 8:19 am

    @ Tyler – Either way, the point is that Jesus was referencing something they understood and possibly witnessed personally. It’s not just a prophetic word that would cause them to question, “what does he mean by taking up a cross and following Him???”

  3. tyler
    September 4, 2008 at 1:08 pm

    dan
    agree with you 100% man! Just processing through the weight of that statement on the audience-this was a earth shattering statement to the people he was speaking to. We both know this statement is HUGE in our own lives but also the people that we lead, hopefully it was taken as an addition and not an argument.
    TV

  4. dangould
    September 4, 2008 at 1:35 pm

    @ Tyler – Totally, we are on the same page!!!

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