DISPATCHES FROM HOME
In Matthew's Gospel, Jesus says:
"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 underfoot." (5:13 NIV)
The New Testament Church has been commissioned by God to 'flavor' the surrounding culture. But to do so, we must not lose our saltiness. One might ask: How does the Church lose its saltiness?
"Strictly speaking, salt never loses its saltiness. Sodium Chloride is a very stable chemical. It only loses its saltiness when it becomes mixed with impurities." — John Stott
God has given his Church a distinct identity ("People like us") and has defined for us a distinct culture ("do things like this"). The Bible word for distinct is 'holy'.
Our continual challenge is to protect this distinctness while rubbing shoulders with the world.
Let the Gospel guide your imagination. Let the Bible's portraits of the Kingdom and its King become reality to you—who you really are and where you really belong. Treat its messages as 'dispatches from home' while you—and we, together—represent Jesus here in the world.
Pray this way.
Journal this way.
Speak this way.
Serve this way.
Give this way.
Parent this way.
Work this way.
Neighbor this way.
Play this way.
Aim to be this self everywhere, all the time, and with everyone. That's distinctness! That's saltiness! And that's world-changing!