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Salt-Block Christians


Today’s Scripture: Revelation 20-22
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“In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.” – Matthew 5:16

In the final paragraph of Revelation, John records these words of Jesus Christ: “The Spirit and the bride say, ‘Come!’ And let him who hears say, ‘Come!’ Whoever is thirsty, let him come; and whoever wishes, let him take the free gift of the water of life” (22:17). Here is a threefold invitation given by the Holy Spirit speaking through the Word of God; by the bride of Christ, His church; and by those who have already responded to Christ. To whom is this invitation given? To all who are thirsty.

When I was a kid growing up in Iowa, my dad would scatter large blocks of salt in the pasture where the milk cows grazed. Apparently, these cows needed salt that was not in their grain and hay. Shortly after the cow went to the salt lick, she would head for the water tank. And that is exactly what Jesus Christ wants for His people. If we are salt in the world, the way we live and the words we say should make the nonChristians around us thirsty for God.

I recall a family who wanted to lead one of their friends to Christ. They did all the usual things, even taking him to hear the gospel preached. One week they invited the guy over for dinner. The family did nothing special, just went about as they normally did. The kids were friendly and talkative at the meal, the father led in a prayer of thanksgiving for the food, the kids helped with the dishes, did their homework, and scurried off to bed.

Later that week, the man called and said he had become a Christian. The way the family lived had convinced him of his need for Christ.

Prayer

Lord, help me to be salt in the world, creating thirst for the Living Water. Amen.

To Ponder

My home, my lifestyle, and my responses to the difficulties of life affect how nonChristians perceive their need for Christ.”

(The Navigators)