In the book of Nehemiah we hear a litany described of God’s faithfulness followed by Israel’s disobedience. Beginning in Chapter 9 verse 5b Nehemiah lists no less than 5 times where God upheld his promises only to be cast aside. Israel chooses to make their own gods, follow foreign gods, and conquered by foreign gods. In each instance God’s faithfulness is unswerving. He never turns from His plan of salvation, His love never ends.
“You made a name for yourself which remains to this day.” v.10
“Because of your great compassion you did not abandon them in the wilderness.” v.19
“You gave them kingdoms and nations, allotting to them even the remotest frontiers.” v.22
“They ate to the full and were well-nourished; they reveled in your great goodness.” v.25
“From heaven you heard them, and in your great compassion you gave them deliverers, who rescued them from the hand of their enemies.” v.27
The history of God is his story of deliverance, unwavering commitment, and love, in the face of our disobedience. We haven’t changed much in the time since these words were written. We still profess our love and commitment to Jesus and then allow ourselves to be distracted by the world as soon as things are going smooth again. We cry out to God in our times of stress, pain, fear, and anguish, then forget what He’s done for us when we’re sailing on calm waters.
I believe that this is what Jesus meant when he told his disciples to be salt and light. He calls us to flavor the world with his message and when we stop doing that, what is our reason for existing? We aren’t good for much except to be thrown underfoot and tramped on by the world.
“You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.” Matthew 5:13
Simply put I want my life to be about Jesus. Not just when things are hard and I’m looking for his intervention on my behalf, when I’m crying out for help. I want my life to be about Jesus all the time, in the good and hard times. I want to praise him in everything I do, I want to share him with everyone I meet. I want to bring a shaker full of Jesus to sprinkle everywhere I go, kind of like salt, he brings out the best in everything.
Jesus help me to be salt to the world, let your Spirit’s presence be so strong in me that it flavors every part of my life. So much so that those around me want a taste of it too.
Please help me share the good news of Jesus and how He can change your life, and our world!
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