2003-01-18 - Saltiness
Originally Published 1998-07-03 - Part 2
So what do we do if we have lost our saltiness, lost our vibrant walk with
Christ, when we don't seem to be making a difference in our worlds? Often
when we are not making a difference in our world, not being salt and light
-- it is because our walk with Christ has stagnated or we have drifted from
Him. Here are some suggestions - some which have worked for me personally
and some which have worked for others.
Change your Bible-reading habits. Sometimes just changing the version we
are reading can show us a different light on a passage. When you have been
a Christian as long as I have - 31 years - to be frank, sometimes it's hard
to find anything fresh or new in some passages that I have read up to literally
a hundreds times! But I have found that studying a different version - or
even comparing several - and asking God to help me apply it to my own life,
can reinvigorate my Christian study and walk.
(2 Tim 2:15 NNAS) Be diligent to present yourself approved
to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling
the word of truth.
Get involved with a ministry at your church. God intends us to be involved
with a local church body. If you are like me, very active already at church,
try something new, a ministry you have never been involved in. The new people
and ideas can revitalize your service to God and your fellowman. Naturally
you need to take into account your gifts. However, as I have written in a
previous devotional, sometimes God wants us to move out of our comfort zones.
Pray for discernment, and ask mature Christian friends for advice if you
are not sure what areas you might do well in. Then do it with gusto! Give
it the effort you would pour out on an important project at work or in
(Rom 12:7-8 NNAS) If service, in his serving; or he who
teaches, in his teaching; or he who exhorts, in his exhortation; he who gives,
with liberality; he who leads, with diligence; he who shows mercy, with
Fellowship with Christian friends who will spur you on in your walk. If you
have been blessed with someone(s) in your life who will hold you to high
standards, realize that for the gift it is, and keep your heart open to what
they have to say to you. They can be "annoyingly" right, but God can really
use Christian friends to help us grow spiritually. Friendships such as these
can provide support and accountability.
(Heb 10:24-25 NNAS) And let us consider how to stimulate
one another to love and good deeds, not forsaking our own assembling together,
as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more as
you see the day drawing near.
Get involved in a Bible study with other Christians. It can be a group of
anywhere from 2 to 30 - whatever benefits you the most. We should all study
the Word on our own. But in group studies, we can reap the insights of others
who sometimes think differently than we can. Even the teachers and leaders
can learn from the students! Long-time Christians can learn from newbies.
Sometimes you "youngsters" in the faith make us think - you ask us questions
that keep us searching the Scriptures and learning, ourselves. And sometimes
you have insights that we have either forgotten or that have never occurred
(Acts 2:42 NNAS) They were continually devoting themselves
to the apostles' teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and
If you are not being fed at your local church, don't just let your walk stagnate.
Talk to your pastor about it. Try a different Sunday school class. Go to
a Bible study. If you just cannot get spiritually fed there, then pray for
God to lead you to another church. God intends for us to grow up in the faith.
(Eph 4:14-15 NNAS) As a result, we are no longer to be
children, tossed here and there by waves and carried about by every wind
of doctrine, by the trickery of men, by craftiness in deceitful scheming;
but speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in all aspects into Him
who is the head, even Christ.
I hope and pray that one or more of these will work for you. If they do,
I would love to hear about it.
Dear Father, please help us to retain or regain our
saltiness. Help us be discernibly different from those who are unsaved. In
Jesus' name, amen.