MARK 9:49-50: “For everyone will be salted with fire. 50 Salt is good, but if the salt has lost its saltiness, how will you make it salty again? Have salt in yourselves, and be at peace with one another.”
OBSERVATION: Does my life have “salt”? This is a strange question in our culture, but it was well understood in Jesus’ culture. To put it in terms that we can understand let me ask it a different way. Do my fries have salt? Have you ever ordered fries that were not salted. They just are not the same. They are potatoes no doubt, but they lack the flavor that we all desire and have become accustomed to. Is that true of our lives as Christians?
In the preceding verses Jesus speaks to the disciples in a hyperbole regarding the need to remove things from our lives that might cause us to sin, or in other words to lose our saltiness. He speaks in extremes of cutting off ones hand, one’s foot, or losing one’s eye – if those things would keep them out of the Kingdom of God. Jesus was not advocating self mutilation. What He was doing was using such extreme examples to exhort us to a lifestyle that counts all but loss for the excellency of knowing Him and His righteousness. This is the call to have “salt” in ourselves!
Everyone will be salted with fire. The believer’s works will be tried with fire (I Corinthians 3:11-16). The unbeliever will be sentenced to fire at the Great White Throne Judgment (Revelation 20:15). Fire will either purify or it will destroy. If we allow the fire of God’s Love to purify us we will have salt in ourselves. If we allow the desires of this world and our flesh to choke out the will of God in our lives we will lose our saltiness. Salt was a symbol of faithfulness. Every sacrifice offered to God was accompanied by salt. Our lives are to be a symbol of faithfulness. We need to to yield to the Grace of God in our lives and lay aside anything that would keep us from fully following Jesus Christ so that we can have salt in ourselves.
When we have “salt” in ourselves we can live at peace with one another. Why is this? It is because we are being purified and made more like Jesus. We are laying down our anger, our un-forgiveness, our pride. We are joyfully walking in grace toward our brothers and our sisters and endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. We are living life with “saltiness” through His Grace, Life, and Love!
Lord, search me and know me today. Help me to lay aside anything that is keeping me from living a life that is proclaiming and displaying Your Love and Grace. Come to me with the fire of Your Love and consume me so that I can be made more like You and have “salt” within my life! In Jesus Name!