Years ago revival flooded through the countryside of New England, where the total population was just around 300,000 at that time. Through the preaching of such renowned men as Jonathan Edwards, George Whitefield from England and others, thousands were transformed by the power of God. During the two years between 1740 and 1742, there were estimations of 25,000 to 50,000 people in the New England states who came into the kingdom of God. This radically changed the whole atmosphere of the society. The moral fiber of society was changed for the better. Benjamin Franklin said, “…it seemed as if all the world was growing religious; one could not walk through a town in an evening without hearing psalms sung in different families in every street.”[i] He said this of the results of one of Whitefield’s meetings. That poses an interesting question that we should ask. If someone walked down the streets of your neighborhood would they be as impacted as Benjamin Franklin?
In our day can we say that there is a noticeable difference when it comes to the church and the world? If we turn to and look at the scriptures we can quickly see that there is supposed to be a radical difference. The church by biblical definition is supposed to have a direct impact on its surroundings.
The Body of Christ or the church must become effective salt. Then and only then will we begin to change communities and surroundings for the better. Either we will be effective or we will be defective. How often do we feel the Church is being trampled under society’s feet? Maybe it’s because we have lost our edge or our effectiveness. If we are doing what we’re supposed to be doing, we will affect our surroundings. To understand this better, let us look at the uses of salt. To begin with, we know salt flavors things and makes things have a better taste. Secondly, salt is a preservative. It keeps things from rotting and going bad. Thirdly, salt melts the hardness of the cold ice. Fourth, it has been used to keep weeds from growing in certain areas. When we are revived by His spirit, the Church will be seasoning to society, a preservative in society, melting the hardness and coldness of society and keeping unwanted weeds from growing in its midst.
- Today will you be salt that is effective or salt that needs to be thrown out?
- God has placed us in various places to effect it for His kingdom and purposes.
- The job you’re at, whether a school, a bank or a construction site, it is all for a reason.
When Jesus spoke to His followers in Matt. 5:13 we see where it says, “You are the salt of the earth…”. Jesus was saying that they as followers of His must penetrate and impact their society. He wasn’t saying hide and be ineffective. No, not at all! That’s a defective believer! Therefore as followers of Jesus we need to use our talents, hobbies and everything else we possess to further God’s plan for His kingdom. This is to impact our surrounding with the beauty of His holiness. Each on of us has a certain hobby or something that they love to do…right? And you gravitate to others with the same like mindedness as yourself. In the same manner many that don’t know the Lord but have the same passions are drawn to you. So, use that as a open door to impact their lives with the Gospel. Therefore USE IT!
Today choose to be SALT!
[i] Winkie Pratney, Revival, Pa. Whitaker House, p.112