Advancing the Conversation of Jesus
GOT A MINUTE?
How often have you struggled with why you are here on planet earth? How often have you questioned your worth, your purpose and/or your role? When I had a network of counseling centers around the US, the purpose thing was a topic you could count on most to be a big concern. Now, that I’m working in an educational environment that requires excellence as its norm, I’m encountering a greater desire on every level for defining and fulfilling one’s purpose.
Identifying your purpose or role in life is a constant journey and struggle for mankind. What I love about following Jesus, is that Jesus always provides for the basic needs of men and women. Even though purposes and roles in life vary greatly, Jesus offers two significant roles for each of his followers to embrace.
This is a major theme in my understanding and teaching, therefore I mention it often. If you’ve been around me very long, you will be confronted with these two roles frequently-two dynamic terms to position us in this world-salt and light. The first one is SALT: 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)
Jesus says, “You ARE the salt of the earth!” It’s not that you might be or you could be, but you ARE. Salt was used as a preservative to counteract the decay in meat. In order for the salt to be effective it must be out of the salt-shaker and applied to the meat. Salt is the invisible presence of God. It must be sensed! You’re the salt in the world around you-the invisible presence of God among those you touch. Just by your presence there ought to be a preserving of purity, honesty and fairness.
The original word is MORAINO, which means to be foolish, to play the fool, insipid, dull, flat, deficient, or moronic. In Rabbinic literature salt is associated with wisdom-a foolish disciple has no impact on his world. Flavoring it with your salt-like presence changes the world around you. This concept is at the core of the Kingdom manifesto Jesus presents and is to be practiced daily.