“Maximizing Our Usefulness”
Matthew 5:13 NKJV ″You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men.
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Salt has three distinct purposes:
- It enhances. (It makes things better.)
- It preserves. (It keeps things from decaying.)
- It purifies. (It restores things to usefulness.)
The church cannot do something and hope God blesses it. It must be something so God can bless it.
The permanent quality of salt indicates the eternality of the relationship between the Lord and His people.
-= How do we become the salt of the earth? =-
I. Positional Holiness.
- By accepting the offering of God. (Not bringing one to Him.)
- By acknowledging Jesus Christ is Lord. (We get a new heart and a fresh start!)
If someone followed you around for the next seven days, would they confirm the genuineness of your faith or label you a fraud?
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Maximizing our usefulness begins with positional holiness and ends with practical holiness.
II. Practical Holiness.
Christ's efforts, done both for us and in us, precedes and anticipates…
1. His will being done by us.
2 Timothy 3:16-4:5 NKJV All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work. 4:1 I charge you therefore before God and the Lord Jesus Christ, who will judge the living and the dead at His appearing and His kingdom: 2 Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching. 3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; 4 and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables. 5 But you be watchful in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.
2. His work being done through us.
2 Timothy 2:20-22 NKJV But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and silver, but also of wood and clay, some for honor and some for dishonor. 21 Therefore if anyone cleanses himself from the latter, he will be a vessel for honor, sanctified and useful for the Master, prepared for every good work. 22 Flee also youthful lusts; but pursue righteousness, faith, love, peace with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart.
1 Thessalonians 4:1-8 NKJV Finally then, brethren, we urge and exhort in the Lord Jesus that you should abound more and more, just as you received from us how you ought to walk and to please God; 2 for you know what commandments we gave you through the Lord Jesus. 3 For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you should abstain from sexual immorality; 4 that each of you should know how to possess his own vessel in sanctification and honor, 5 not in passion of lust, like the Gentiles who do not know God; 6 that no one should take advantage of and defraud his brother in this matter, because the Lord is the avenger of all such, as we also forewarned you and testified. 7 For God did not call us to uncleanness, but in holiness. 8 Therefore he who rejects this does not reject man, but God, who has also given us His Holy Spirit.
Revelation 3:20 NKJV ″Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me.
Our sanctification impacts our saltiness.
Questions To Ponder:
Are the things God cares about important to you or important enough to you?
Is there an area of your life that is "off limits" to God? If yes, why?