To be a disciple, we must not be saltless salt. It’s useless. Why sprinkle it? Without taste, it goes unnoticed.
This is what struck me as I read through Luke 14. In the beginning of the chapter, Jesus ate and taught in a Pharisee’s home. Through parables, Jesus warns them:
- Don’t take the best position for yourself
- Don’t center yourself around people you view as important
- Don’t think you have a standing invitation and your own priorities reign
All of these teachings warn against self-importance.
The rest of the chapter, Jesus is teaching to crowds in his traveling about being His disciple:
- No relationship more important
- No financial limit
- No resource untapped
Salt is good, but if it loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is fit neither for the soil nor for the manure piles; it is thrown out. “He who has ears to hear, let him hear.” Luke 14: 34-35 NIV
Salt isn’t salt unless it’s salty. Disciples aren’t disciples unless we’re discipley.
Christ has given a definition of discipleship–not suggestions, but a view of what is required.
We use this common terminology of inviting Jesus into our hearts and then what? Too often we still have our own way with:
- Our relationships
- Our money
- Our talents
The “our” must be surrendered. We must become “His.”
The mystery is we each have a unique identity in Christ when we surrender our own identities to Him. We think of it as losing, but we are truly gaining.
We will not be useless. We will not go unnoticed when we become His.
Lord, open my eyes to see. Cause my hears to hear. Change my heart to be pure and chasing after you–as your disciple. Everything in my life is yours. Help me to live that way, attentive to your promptings and quick to follow.