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Devotional - week of July 16, 2017


MADE SALTY AGAIN

Salt is good, but if it loses its saltiness, how can you make it salty again?  Mark 9:50

Mark 9:49 quotes Jesus as saying,

"Everyone will be salted with fire." (NIV)

 In the preceding verses—Mark 9:43-48—Jesus speaks of the fire of hell that awaits non-believers. The word "everyone," though, means that believers also are salted with fire. 

In the New Testament "fire" is a symbol of the Holy Sprit. When one receives Jesus as Lord and Savior, the Holy Spirit enters his life. At that time there is a sovereign filling of the Holy Spirit. And it is that filling of the Holy Spirit that makes believers salty.

Those truths answer two essential questions about the saltiness of believers. It explains that we lose our saltiness when we cease to be filled with the Holy Spirit and it explains that we are made salty again when we return to a life filled with the Holy Spirit. 

Jesus spoke the following to and about his disciples:

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 men.  Matthew 5:13

That sounds as though we can lose our salvation. But Mark quotes Jesus as saying:

Have salt in yourselves, and have peace with one another.  Mark 9:50

This implies that losing our saltiness does not mean we have lost our salvation. It implies that we ourselves determine if we will be filled with the saltiness of the Holy Spirit or not. It also implies that if we have lost our saltiness, we can be salty again.  

But why should a Christian be concerned about being salty? Salty people make the Christian life attractive just as salt in food makes food desirable. Salt is a preservative. Salty believers in any setting have a negative effect on sinful words and actions.