Christianity today has a massive problem, sadly it is a problem so great that it is going to keep millions of professing Christians from being taken in the Rapture. The problem is learning to discern which of the above items should be used in which circumstance, and this discernment only comes from one source, God.
Salt or Sugar? Jesus says in Mat 5:13 “You are the salt of the earth……” Often God calls Christians to be Salt, not sugar, but sadly for many professing Christians, they believe they know better than Jesus, and prefer to use sugar at all times. Let me explain — salt is used not only to give flavour, although that is important, but it is also used as a preservative, to prevent or dramatically slow down the process of decay. Put salt on a wound and it stings like mad, it hurts, but it kills the germs and slows down the decay. As Christians there are times when God requires us to give a nice flavour to the world through our actions and through our speech, as this glorifies Him. There are also times when God requires Christians to prevent or slow down the process of decay, caused by sin in the world. Sugar, (Love) should be shown toward the person with the wound or decay, but salt must be applied to the decay itself in order to bring healing.
If we use sugar on the wound, this will very often hasten or speed up the decay process, and may well lead to spiritual fatality for the person concerned. God says clearly, love the sinner, but hate the sin. Love the homosexual person, – we know many homosexual people and they are very often lovely, gentle, kind people, and I would hate for them to go to hell because I used sugar on their wound instead of salt. So we are told to apply the salt to the sin. Sugar is for the person, but salt is for the sin.
Light or Darkness. Jesus says in Mat 5:14 “You are the light that shines for the world to see……” God wants Christians to care enough for people to share the light which we have with them. Many of our loved ones, friends, or workmates walk in darkness, and in ignorance of God and of His Word; they also walk in ignorance of God’s love for them, and of God’s wonderful plan for their lives and for their eternal future. When we walk in darkness, we trip over small things or put our foot in a pothole which can cause us to break a leg or an arm. God wants Christians’ lives to shine a light on the things that cause people to stumble, to show them the way that will help them reach the destination of eternal life safely.
Lasers are also light, and lasers can be used for many things, doctors and surgeons use them to cut out tumours, and to perform other life-saving surgery. God wants Christians to be lasers that can help people cut out the sin in their lives, and bring the hope, or the reality of eternal life into their hearts and souls.
Darkness is used in many experiments, and is necessary for developing some types of films or X-Rays etc. Without darkness these things would not be possible, and so many good things would be lost to us. The problem we have is in knowing when to be light; in what circumstances do we shine the laser beam on people’s spiritual tumour etc, and when should we just keep silent on the matter.
I believe that it is fear of our peers that often holds us back. We are ashamed to confess that we are Christians because we know that they think Christians are stupid, or they are hypocrites, or they are poking their nose in other people’s business etc. It is past time we began to let our light shine for Jesus, in this world of darkness and sin. It is past time Christians were prepared to stand up and be counted for Jesus, and be prepared to accept persecution for Jesus sake.
Mat 10:32 “If you stand before others and are willing to say you believe in me, then I will tell my Father in heaven that you belong to me. v33 But if you stand before others and say you do not believe in me, then I will tell my Father in heaven that you do not belong to me.
Hot or Cold. Jesus said of the Church of Laodicea, “Rev 3:15 “I know what you do. You are not hot or cold……” This is the final church in Jesus discourse to the 7 Churches in the Book of the Revelation of Jesus Christ, and most scholars believe it represents the majority of Christians today. Of course there are overlaps, so some Christians today will belong to some of the other churches also. The majority however will belong to this church, neither hot nor cold. Rich in worldly goods and wealth, but desperately sick in spirit. Apathy will be a sign of this church, apathy toward God, apathy to God’s word, and apathy to the lost and unsaved.
Jesus is indicating here that He would rather we were hot – on fire for God, burning with a passion for the lost, giving of our wealth to help those in desperate need, giving to Missions, and to Godly charities. Or if they are frozen cold, let them be frozen cold to the world and to the things of the world. The problem today is that they are totally oblivious to their own plight. They truly believe that they have everything they need, and in terms of the world they do, but in terms of True Christianity, they lack love for the Lord and for the things of God. These have been swallowed up by their love for the world and for the pleasures of the world.
Even freezing can help prevent decay, we put things in the freezer to keep them from rotting. But lukewarm is the perfect temperature in which to grow germs, viruses and sin. A lukewarm cup of coffee or tea is putrid, and most people will spit it out, and that is what Jesus is going to do with the modern day churches which are barely lukewarm.
Jesus is coming soon for a church that is truly in love with him, looking for and longing for Him to come and catch them up to be with Him in heaven. He is not interested in a church that doesn’t want Him to come back yet, because they are enjoying the things and the pleasures of this world too much to be interrupted by a wedding supper, even if they are the ones who are supposed to be attending it.
So how do we get to heaven? We do the will of God, just like Jesus did. When God wanted Jesus to be salt, He was salt, when God wanted Him to be sugar, He was sugar etc. Jesus’ whole life was about doing His Fathers’ will, and not His own will. His whole life was lived to bring glory to His Father in Heaven. Our lives should replicate the life of Jesus.
Mat 7:21 Not everyone who says to Me, Lord! Lord! shall enter the Kingdom of Heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in Heaven.
John 5:30 “I can do nothing alone. I judge only the way I am told. And my judgment is right, because I am not trying to please myself. I want only to please the one who sent me.