Monday, April 16th, 2012
Stage Names (Part 2)
Salt Of The Earth
You are the salt of the earth.
Matthew 5:13 (NKJV)
Jesus gives His performers on earth various stage names; 'And one man in his time plays many parts' (Shakespeare, As You Like It).
When we surrender to Christ, we assume a new identity; 'Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new' (2 Corinthians 5:17).
Each name He gives us in the Bible holds a clue to our work, our destiny, and our true identity. Like 'salt.'
With over 14,000 uses, salt is more than a flavor on a table. It is a preserver, healer, cleaner, fire extinguisher, ice melter, insect repeller, creative component, and beauty treatment.
Given this name, what are the star qualities of salt?
1) Versatility: Salt is the most versatile mineral in the world; versatility is a 'must have' attribute for actors and heroes. 'I have become all things to all men, that I might by all means save some' (1 Corinthians 9:22). Salt's virtues and its ability to help mankind in a variety of ways are unmatched. Ditto for God's people.
2) Preserving power: 'Should you not know that the Lord God of Israel gave the dominion over Israel to David forever, to him and his sons, by a covenant of salt?' (2 Chronicles 13:5). Therein, the followers of Jesus Christ preserve His heritage and His promises. God's performers have the staying power of God Himself: a covenant of salt.
3) Flavor: A lukewarm church is unpalatable to God. 'Can flavorless food be eaten without salt? Or is there any taste in the white of an egg?' (Job 6:6). 'If the salt loses its flavor, how will you season it? Have salt in yourselves, and have peace with one another' (Mark 9:50). God's performers are meant to be spicy and passionate--to ignite interest and give good flavor to the Word of God.
Salt is the 'It Factor': an essential component in actors, models, and talent for Christ.
Therein is stage name #2: Salt of the Earth.
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Stage Names series.