I must have been about eight when I hid a bowl of cookie dough under my bed. Our family outing prompted me to take action to keep my brother from eating any.
However, the adage “out of sight, out of my mind” rang true for me. My goods remained under my bed until my Mom’s discovery a month later. No scent or taste of warm Chocolate Chip Cookies enjoyed from this batch. Not even bugs or mice could penetrate this hardened mound.
My prized dough became useless, losing all flavor and luster.
Flavor and Shine for God
Jesus shared a few words concerning our effectiveness—or lack of—to Him.
You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled by men.” – Matthew 5:13
And . . . .
You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on a stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.” – 5:14-16
Our Usefulness to God
I don’t want my heart to harden like that mound of cookie dough–losing Christ’s seasoning, or hiding His light. My guess is that you don’t either.
How do we lose or gain our usefulness for Christ? How do we positively flavor society and let our light shine? I invite your input.
I love your analogy! Thanks for the encouragement to be salt and light.
(Our whole family loves Kari Jobe; when I need a break during the day, I open I-Tunes and listen to her for a while).
Thanks Bill. I love listening to Kari Jobe too. She is such an inspiration. Her joy in the Lord shines as she sings. . . . I enjoyed reading (& relating to) your daughter’s post: “Pacing Your Productivity.” Blessings to you and your family!
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