2015 - A New Year Of Salting & Seasoning

The Ministry Of Salts

"Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.
14 Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.
15 Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.
16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven." Matt 5:13-16 (KJV)

By light, you shine as an example of God’s glory. The ministry of light is all about yourself and your radiance in the face of others. By salt, you penetrate quietly in into lives of others, bringing a transformatory seasoning effect on others.

Since the ministry by salt was talked about first in Matt 5:13-16, it is important that we give ourselves to salting others, if not much more than we seek to shine as lights before them.

Salt ministry is about deep internal influencing, entering into fibers of the being where it finds itself, effecting lasting positive changes. Light ministry is physical and essentially sensual, that is, tickling of people’s sensory faculties. Like in the case of Moses, when his attention was secured by the fire and the unburning bush, the ministry of light is a signpost to draw attention closer, so that the fiber of beings that are attracted can be permeated and salted internally for tastefulness to God.

Though some ministers finely blend the light and salt ministries, yet many are obsessed with only the fancy lighting. The fancy lighting ministry are full of bragging, boasting and prophet-lying promises. The salt ministry is the real labor of rolling up sleeves to attend to and care for derelicts, needy and other societal rejects, until they have tangible turnarounds. Some ministers need to understand that it is not all callings that are for the funfair and fanfare. Not all are for the prominent stages. Some ought to be content with quietly seasoning others in their God assigned corners.

50 Salt is good: but if the salt have lost his saltness, wherewith will ye season it? Have salt in yourselves, and have peace one with another. Mark 9:49-50 (KJV)

A little bit about Salt.

When salt is sitting all by itself, it salts nothing, it has no perceivable value. The beauty of salt is in how well it helps others. If applied directly to the tongue, it can be dissatisfying and resented. That is why when believers become obnoxious or too over-aggressive, they become out-cast and are often “spewed out” There is an appropriate place and time for salt’s application that gives it its right application. Anything outside of that makes salt to be cast out.

It has to be applied in right measures for good and tasty effect. The beauty of salt is found in its effect on others. And also found in the abilities of others to absorb its essence. Salt hardly receives its due praise, its carrier or whatever absorbs it, takes on most of its praise. Everybody appreciates salt only when used in its rightly balanced function and influence.

Most people are silent at acknowledging presence of salt – so if someone is salt, he or she can be grieved for lack of pronounced recognition. The important effect of salt is in exalting others above itself. Nobody find salt pleasant all by itself. It has to be mixed or absorbed in others

Salt is usually neglected and left to sit still until it needs to be used or abused. So a salt need to know that it cannot impose itself. The good news is also that salt cannot be ignored for too long. It shall soon be requested for, if deliberately left out. It is best needed for the whims and caprices of those who choose when or when not to use it. Perhaps the most important attribute of salt lies in its ability to preserve as much as it is long-lasting and preserved too. It is perseverance personified.

"And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not." John 1:5 (KJV)

Light is different from salt

Light has the ability to illuminate. It has the strength to subdue. Light has power to penetrate darkness unhindered. The courage to glow, the ambiance, the endowment to reveal the hidden, the boldness to stand out, the given to reveal direction, the grandiosity, the prideful prominence and its self-aggrandizement, are qualities found in the light. Its presence and its absence are all about itself and not about another. The effect of light on others is essentially to command attraction, attention and right direction, when rightly applied, wrong direction, when wrongly applied.

By light others can find tracks, means or ways, but light does not leave itself on others, only salts does that. JESUS CHRIST wants us to be both salt and Light. Each one of us will have a unique blend of salt and light ministries. Some would be more salt than Light, while others may be more Light than salt. However each one is persuaded, let us remember than the more powerful means of improving other’s lives is what we are able to change IN them, than what we are able to change OUT of them. Salt effects more changes inwardly. Let us remember to be more of salts in 2015, than we are braggadocios Lights.

My prayer which can be yours too is:

Dear JESUS CHRIST, I am grateful that you called me out of darkness into your marvelous light. I understand that you want me to bring others to positions where they shine as your Lights in this world. Help me to season lives of people around me as your divine salt. At the end of this coming year, I want to be able to count some lives that you would have used me to turn-around inside-out, for the glory of your name. Help to reach people who would be spiritually transformed and physically turned-around that you alone may be glorified. Please use me for public good and for your glory, in JESUS name I prayed. Amen!

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