How to become utterly worthless

Sometimes, when something doesn’t do what it was made to do, you can find another use for it.  I once used the handle of a broken shovel as a stake in my garden to hold up a large tomato plant. It actually worked quite well.  I have seen old car tires, that no longer work well as car tires, being used for all kinds of different things, from planters to playground equipment.

But sometimes, there are things designed with such specific purpose, that when they cease to fulfill that purpose, there is absolutely no other legitimate use for them.  Salt fits into this category.

Salt can be used to add flavor to food or to preserve food. But if salt quits making food “come alive” with flavor, and no longer functions as a preservative, Screen Shot 2016-02-08 at 1.42.33 PMthere is no other use for it.  If salt stops being salty it becomes completely worthless.

In Luke 14:34-35 Jesus said, “Salt is good, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is of no use either for the soil or for the manure pile. It is thrown away. He who has ears to hear, let him hear.”

Jesus said that salt that does not behave the way salt should has less value than dirt! People have even found beneficial uses for animal waste, using it as a fertilizer. No such use can be found for salt that is not salty. It is utterly worthless and is thrown away.

If Jesus had simply been talking about sodium chloride, that would be one thing, but he wasn’t.  He was using salt as an analogy as he talked about people who claim to follow him.  Followers of Jesus are called to be like salt in this world.  We are called to bring life and preserve.  A disciple of Jesus is similar to salt in that he or she is designed with a very specific purpose.  And if that purpose is not fulfilled the result is worthlessness. What happens if a disciple refuses to “bring life” or preserve? What if they refuse to do what they were made to do?

If you have accepted Jesus as Lord and Savior then you are a new creature (2 Corinth 5:17). As a new creature, you have a new purpose; bringing others into relationship with Jesus (2 Corinth 5:18-21).  This is the same instruction Jesus gave to his disciples in Matthew 28.  A disciple of Jesus is assigned the task of telling other about Jesus & teaching them to follow Jesus (Matt 28:19-20).

Disciples disciple.  That’s what we do. That is what we were made to do. That is our purpose. A disciple that doesn’t disciple is like salt that isn’t salty: worthless.  Refuse to fall into that category.  Decide today that you will fulfill the purpose that God gave you.  Commit to tell somebody about Jesus and teach them to follow him.

Disciples disciple. Refuse to become utterly worthless. Do what you were made to do.

Pro-Life? Really?

Abortion is one of the most frequently performed medical procedures in the United States each year.  Just the mention of the word “abortion” can stir up strong emotions and even stronger opinions. When it comes to the subject of abortion, people typically fall into one of two camps; Pro-Choice or Pro-Life.

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Generally, those who profess to be Christians would also consider themselves to be Pro-Life.  Some are quite passionate about their Pro-Life stance, and rightly so. They would, and do, sign petitions, march in parades, form picket lines and vote in elections accordingly.

“Pro-Lifers” make strong arguments about one person’s choice or convenience not depriving another person from the opportunity of being born.  They would argue adamantly that what is easiest or most comfortable for one person should never be allowed to prevent someone else from living! When it comes to someone’s LIFE, forget your choice!  Who cares about your choice when someone else’s life is on the line!?!?

While a majority of Christians are Pro-Life on the issue of abortion, spiritually, most are staunchly Pro-Choice.

As insistent as most Christians are about the virtues of being Pro-Life, in reality, most are very much pro-convenience, pro-comfort, pro-choice.

Sharing the Gospel could be uncomfortable. Telling someone about the incredible sacrifice that was made for them could be inconvenient, or even feel a bit awkward. Far too many believers choose not to risk that potential discomfort, and in doing so rob someone else of the opportunity of being born into the Kingdom of God.  When it comes to obeying the Great Commission, they prefer their right to choose not to.

Share the Good News with a co-worker, or don’t. It’s really up to you.  Tell your neighbor about Jesus, or keep putting it off. The choice is yours, isn’t it?

As disgusting and selfish as the Pro-Choice attitude is when it comes to robbing babies of life, it is even more revolting when people who have tasted the newness of life found only in Jesus Christ choose to deny others that same opportunity to experience new life.

Are you Pro-Life? Really?