Frank Hay

Frank Hay

Matthew 5:13 (KJV) --13) Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt has lost his savior, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.

Have you ever tried to eat grits without salt?

If you love grits, you know they are bland. Salt, a most valuable commodity, was used to pay for services at times. It was also used as a preservative in times before refrigeration. Think how important salt is in our daily lives; it’s a common, very affordable condiment for everyone.

Our Lord Jesus spoke very highly about salt. He even said His followers were the salt of the earth. To be His disciple, you must be a follower, and pattern life after Jesus. Stop and think a moment -- what does it mean? To you? To those who see you?

It’s an awesome thing to be like Jesus. "Oh, I cannot ever be that," we say. Under our own power, to really be a follower, the salt of the earth, takes effort. It’s not something that is poured into our lives and we have nothing else to do.

Following and learning take effort, real effort. Jesus even gives us a guide and director, a teacher so to speak, one we have available all the time, the HOLY SPIRIT.

John tells us in 14:16 that ”the comforter, which is the Holy Spirit, whom the father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring to remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.”

Being salt in this sin-sick world is a great opportunity for Christians to be a preservative where we live. We can flavor all areas of life as we act as salt and let our Lord Jesus be seen in us. This can happen only if we remain as salt should be and not be corrupted. Corrupt salt is only to be thrown on the path to be walked on.

Christians must be a disciple or we will never be happy. Jesus spoke of one of His groups of followers, the Church at Ephesus. John wrote in Revelations 2:1-5 (HCSB), "Write to the angel of the church in Ephesus. I know your works, your labor, and your endurance, and that you cannot tolerate evil. You have tested those who call themselves apostles and are not, and you have found them to be liars. You also possess endurance and have tolerated ⌊many things⌋ because of My name and have not grown weary. But I have this against you: You have abandoned the love you had at first. Remember then how far you have fallen; repent, and do the works you did at first. Otherwise, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place — unless you repent. 

This Church was commended at first but drifted away and lost their first love; yet Jesus shows His compassion and said they could turn around by repenting and returning to their first love.

One must never forget our purpose as Christians to be like Jesus. Have you drifted? If so, I plead with you to repent and accept Jesus’ forgiveness and learn of Him. Begin today that journey toward eternity following Jesus.

J. Frank Hay Jr. is a pastor and chaplain in Orangeburg.

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