#82 For Love of the World
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Luke 14:34-35a AMPC
Salt is good [an excellent thing], but if salt has lost its strength and has become saltless (insipid, flat) how shall its saltiness be restored? It is fit neither for the land nor for the manure heap; men throw it away.
Salt was not a luxury in Jesus’ time. It was a necessity for life as both a seasoning and a preservative. Dishonest merchants would mix the salt with sand and sell it as pure salt. But that made the salt worthless. It could not be eaten, and it would contaminate soil and ruin a compost heap—“men throw it away.”
How poignant is this illustration! If the believer mixes his heart with the love of the world, if the believer lives for self and rejects the cross, then he loses the very dynamism that issues from the Life of Christ. “Any one of you who does not renounce all that he has cannot be My disciple.”
Not only does this believer diminish his personal relationship with Christ, he forfeits that power of influence that changes the world. The world he prefers loses the Life it needs.
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