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Be the Salt

by Michelle Wilson on July 08, 2022

Dear Friends,

Two weeks ago, I was at the Vineyard Southern California Regional Conference with Rob, Hannah, and Jamie. Jay Pathak, our national director, exhorted us at the conference to be churches that are sharing the good news with our neighbors. And he let us know that he believes that churches that are not evangelistic are going to cease to be churches. When Jay said this, it reinforced what I’ve felt the Spirit speaking to me about Coast in recent months - that we must learn to be a church that shares Jesus and invites others to come and to taste and see that he is good. And, though it is hard to write it out in words, that we will not be a church if we don’t learn to do this. 

“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.”

Matt. 5:13 (NIV)

We who are in Jesus are meant to be like salt, making things around us good and tasty, bringing out the flavor in everything around us, and working as a preservative so that those around us may be saved. And Jesus tells us here that we are of no use if we aren’t functioning in this way. This is a sobering and, in some ways, even scary thing to hear. And it is clearly intended to get us to stop and consider our lives in a serious way. At the same time, all that is being asked of us is to be what we already are. We are the salt of the earth. As we’ve talked about on Sundays, I don’t believe being ourselves in this way is meant to be hard work. After all, Jesus also said,  “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” (Matt. 11:28-30 NIV) We don’t have to work to become valuable to Jesus. We just need to allow ourselves to be who he has already declared us to be and let his saltiness inhabit us and flow out of us. 

With this in mind, let’s continue to pray that the Spirit will fill us in a new way, a way that will bring out the saltiness in us and cause those around us to taste Jesus in us and want to try more.

Love in Christ,
Michelle

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