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GROWING IN CHRIST

"Christ's Ambassador"

Date published: 08/21/2010

Matthew 5:13 “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.” (NIV)

The purpose of salt is to enhance the taste of that to which it is applied. Jesus spoke of our need to be salt.  You are salt when you enhance the chances of other people knowing Christ or growing in their relationship with Christ.  The character of your life should do two things:  1) It should cause others to be impressed with what you have inside that produces such positive fruit; and 2) It should challenge Christians to seek and follow Christ more closely.  Anytime your character and witness does the opposite, you have become unusable to Christ. Two elements are critical in being salt: 1) You must have accepted Christ as Savior and have submitted every aspect of your life to Jesus for His use. 2 Corinthians 5:15 says, “He died for all, that they who live should no longer live for themselves, but for Him Who died and rose again on their behalf.” 2) You must live intimately with Christ so that no part of your desire for Christ is outweighed by your desire for something else.  Living intimately with Christ while making Him Lord will magnify Christ in you so that the truth in Daniel becomes reality - Daniel 12:3 “And those who have insight will shine brightly like the brightness of the expanse of heaven, and those who lead the many to righteousness, like the stars forever and ever.”  Pray each day for God to make you salt.  Ask Him to reveal opportunities to be salt while giving you the boldness and courage to proclaim and represent Christ.

John 15:8 “"By this is My Father glorified, that you bear much fruit, and so prove to be My disciples.” (NASB)

John 15:16 “"You did not choose Me, but I chose you, and appointed you, that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain.” (NASB)