MITRA: The role of salt - Part 2
In Mathew 5:13, Jesus said something very powerful that is sometimes lost in familiarity: “You are the salt of the earth.”
Christians have been hearing that since they were children, but I am not sure we really take it seriously.
An escapism mentality.
This type of mentality says, “Jesus is going to come back before we can change things anyway. So let’s just let things get worse, so He can return quickly.”
In other words, this teaching of basic dispensationalism would have the physical world operate on its own and get all the salt together and put it in a saltshaker.
Then, as soon as the world rots, Jesus will take the ‘salt’ out of here. That doesn’t make a great deal of sense, does it?
The church has bought a lie when it bought into this escapism mentality that says we are to sit back in our own little conclaves and let the world go to hell.
This is not what God sent His Son to do or put the church here to do. This mentality has produced a generation that does not know how to raise kids, handle money, or affect society.
They just wait for Jesus to come back. It hasn’t been a very smart way to look at things.
Overcoming the obstacles
We can never become the salt of the earth until we overcome the obstacles and become true disciples. And we must help each other reach that goal.
To truly disciple you, I must first help you hear God. I cannot give you the ability to hear God, that’s something God has already done.
He said, “My sheep hear my voice.” If you are a Christian, you can hear Him. There may be some obstacles and I may be able to coach you in different ways to help you hear Him.
After we learn to hear God, we can find out what to do on our own. We are not supposed to go to church to hear some pastor tell us what God said for us to do.
We’re supposed to hear God for ourselves. The church is to help one another hear God.
Individually and corporately, we need to renounce the victimization mentality forever.
We are not here to survive, we are here to preserve.
Jesus said to occupy till He returns. Greater is He that is in you than he that is in the world.
Get involved where you are. Sometimes we get these big grandiose ideas. But if we just start where we are and talk to one person, it won`t stop there. That`s the Kingdom principle.
God has already dropped a blueprint in our heart.
What rotting piece of society is bothering you? Get involved right there and become the salt of the earth.
Narayan Mitra is pastor of the Merritt Baptist Church and Chaplain at TRU.