Jesus spoke openly about the cost of belonging with him. You cannot follow Jesus and at the same time live a self-absorbed life. You are called out of that into a community of deliberate, Spirit led activists.
You are called to a life of openly sharing in God’s salvation of the world. If that is true of us, how do work together at flavouring the world around us?
There is a time to ask how we are to finish what God has started in us. The answer lies in giving up everything. What must we give up in the Kingdom of God?
- Entitlement of being served
- Privilege and power based on our achievement
- Reputation – we are only as respectable as what we do today, not the history of others preceding us
- Individual agendas that do not build up the whole community
John Piper said,
What will make the world taste the salt and see the light of Christ in us is not that we love wealth the same way they do. Rather, it will be the willingness and the ability of Christians to love others through suffering, all the while rejoicing because their reward is in heaven with Jesus. “Rejoice and be glad [in hardship] . . . You are the salt of the earth.” The saltiness is the taste of joy in hardship. This is unusual life that the world can taste as different.
When the church was robbed of the main office computers on Easter weekend, I instinctively knew that this was an opportunity to practice God’s presence. Instead of worrying and blaming, I had the opportunity to look to God. His people responded with generous donations to cover the cost of replacement as well as a couple computers being donated. Instead of evil winning, the opportunity to help was given. The church and the community spoke with one voice to condemn the robbery and make things right for the way we were victimized. That’s a lesson with lots of salty flavour that gives you an appetite for more.