Stay Salty | Luke 14:34-35

Stay Salty | Luke 14:34-35

Introduction

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Luke 14:26-35 ESV  “If anyone comes to me and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be my disciple.  (27)  Whoever does not bear his own cross and come after me cannot be my disciple.  (28)  For which of you, desiring to build a tower, does not first sit down and count the cost, whether he has enough to complete it?  (29)  Otherwise, when he has laid a foundation and is not able to finish, all who see it begin to mock him,  (30)  saying, ‘This man began to build and was not able to finish.’  (31)  Or what king, going out to encounter another king in war, will not sit down first and deliberate whether he is able with ten thousand to meet him who comes against him with twenty thousand?  (32)  And if not, while the other is yet a great way off, he sends a delegation and asks for terms of peace.  (33)  So therefore, any one of you who does not renounce all that he has cannot be my disciple.  (34)  “Salt is good, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored?  (35)  It is of no use either for the soil or for the manure pile. It is thrown away. He who has ears to hear, let him hear.”

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  • Through-out this passage Jesus over and over again makes the point… following Him cost’s everything!
    • It is a lifetime journey of all in discipleship, unending love, overwhelming passion, consistent repentance, unyielding obedience, self-sacrificing service, and relentless growth towards the perfection of Christ.
    • You are either all in or you are all out, there is no in between. Jesus tries over and over again to make it clear.
      • Yet it seems more and more into todays America that the local church is not the family it is supposed to be.
      • Instead it is a revolving door. People come in with needs, or wants, or desires…
        • But they are not all in. They keep back one or two things for themselves from their old life.
        • Maybe a sin, or a mindset, or an old relationship…
        • God says “Give it ALL to me” and most people say “I will give you MOST of it Jesus!”
          • “I surrender some, I surrender some, Everything I can live without I give to Jesus, I surrender some!
  • It seems to me, as I have now pastored for 6 years, that many Christians seem to have an expiration date.
    • At first they are on fire, they are great.
    • They last this way for a few years, then they reach there “Best by” date and things start to go down hill.
    • Then finally the preacher preaches something that they don’t like, the preacher touches on that one thing they didn’t surrender to Christ… and they expire.
    • They leave the church and often the faith grumpy and angry… HOW DARE THE PASTOR PREACH THAT SCRIPTURE!
    • HOW DARE HIM CHALLENGE ME IN THAT WAY!
    • I CAN HAVE MY SECRET SIN IF I WANT IT, WHO IS HE OR ANYONE TO SAY OTHERWISE.
      • And once this spirit hits, I have seen it time and time again, sin overtakes them.
  • Jesus talks about this expiration date in verse 34 and 35 of Luke 14, and that’s our focus this morning.

Luke 14:34-35 ESV  “Salt is good, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored?  (35)  It is of no use either for the soil or for the manure pile. It is thrown away. He who has ears to hear, let him hear.”

  • Jesus is saying “You are salt… you are the salt of the earth”
    • “Disciples, Christians, Saints… if you expire, if you lose your saltiness, YOU ARE WORTHLESS! You are to be thrown out! Your have no purpose!”
    • I would even suggest, church, that Scripture would define a Christian who has expired as being pitiful… despised even by the world!
      • Therefore I urge you church, don’t expire! STAY SALTY!

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  • You see in Jesus’ time salt was mixed with other spices and fillers, and while pure salt doesn’t expire, the salt they used absolutely did. And everyone understood this, in fact salt containers would have to be dumped out and cleaned out once the salt lost it’s flavor, because you didn’t want the flavorless salt to impact the new fresh salt (There is a sermon in there somewhere too!).
    • So Jesus is making a metaphor that everyone understood, and I think the spiritual implications are powerful.

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  • Salt serves two purposes, church, and those two purposes form our two main points this morning: Salt preserves food, and salt makes food taste better. Let’s dig into it this morning…

Point One: Salt Preserves Food, Christians Preserve Society

  • Point one this morning: Salt preserves food, and as such, Christians ought to preserve society.
  • Again, Salt preserves food, Christians preserve Society. That’s our first point.
    • You see, since the discovery of salt in 2700 BC people have been using it to preserve food.
    • Something about salt keeps food from rotting, from turning putrid and disgusting.
      • You see raw meat starts to rot and become unsafe in as little as 2 hours without refrigeration.
      • And that’s a problem if you are living thousands of years before refrigerators were invented.
      • But if you covered meat in Salt it would last for months! The salt would dry the meat and kill the bacteria.
  • So adding salt to meat would change it’s shelf life from a few hours to a few months! That’s a pretty good improvement!
  • Jesus says, you church, Christians, disciples… you are the salt of the Earth.
    • Without us, Jesus implies, the world would rot in a matter of hours!
      • Without us the world would be much worse than it is today.
      • Yes, the world is slowly rotting, and getting worse and worse and worse… and one day Jesus will come back and cut out all the rotten parts.
    • But until that day it is our job, church, to preserve this Creation of God’s.
  • Some Christians think they should stay out of politics.
    • They are wrong.
  • Some Christians think they shouldn’t share their faith with others.
    • They are in error.
  • Some Christians neglect their duty to pray for the lost.
    • They are lazy.
  • Some Christians prefer silence to confrontation.
    • They are cowards.
  • Some Christians failed to count the cost.
    • They are pitiful.
  • Some Christians make it just so far… then give up.
    • They have lost their saltiness.
  • Lazy Cowards, living in err to Christ Commands, avoiding confrontation, and fleeing from uncomfortable situations…
    • Is this what Christ called His church to be?
  • NO! HE CALLED US TO BE MORE THAN CONQUERERS!

Romans 8:31-39 ESV  What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?  (32)  He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?  (33)  Who shall bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies.  (34)  Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us.  (35)  Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword?  (36)  As it is written, “For your sake we are being killed all the day long; we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.”  (37)  No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.  (38)  For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers,  (39)  nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

  • Come on church! WE ARE MORE THAN CONQUERORS!
    • We need not fear confrontation.
    • We should not shriek away from attacks that others put on us.
    • The weapons may be formed but they will not prosper.
    • If our God is for us who can be against us.
  • These verses are not written to a cowardly church fleeing persecution. These verses are written to a conquering church standing in defiance of persecution!

1 Peter 2:9 ESV  But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.

  • YOU ARE A CHOSEN RACE CHURCH!
    • Royal Preists!
    • A Holy Nation!
    • God’s own possession!
  • These verses don’t describe a pew sitting church, these verse describe a powerful and active church. A victorious church!
  • Therefore you ought to be salty and PROCLAIM THE EXCELLENCIES of God who called you out of darkness and into marvelous light!
  • Yeah you should be involved and informed about politics.
    • You should say “I will never vote for someone who thinks it’s ok to kill babies in the womb, because they are God’s creation whom He knew before they were in the womb”
    • It’s ok to say “I will vote for Biblical marriage standards, because God created marriage as an institution to point men towards him and to explain his truths… Therefore even though I love the lost and want to see them saved, I will not allow the lost to redefine what God has already put in place for His glory.
    • You absolutely should use the voting both as a place to show the world that you support Israel and God’s chosen people and promised land.
  • Church we are BLESSED to have influence over our nation’s politics… use that incredible blessing as a way to preserve society! YOU ARE CALLED TO IT!
  • Yes you should share your faith with others! Yeah it might be akward, yeah it might offend them…
    • BUT IT MAY IN FACT HAPPEN TO SAVE THEM FROM ETERNAL DAMNATION.
    • Listen, they are not going to be worried about how akward that conversation was when they are in heaven glorifying God for eternity… But they may wonder “Why did no one tell me” when they are burning for eternity.
  • Never stop praying for the lost. NEVER! Only stop if God tells you to…
    • But they made there own choice pastor…
    • SO WHAT! They don’t know what they are choosing!
    • Father forgive them, for they don’t know what they are doing!”
  • When evil abounds, it is the Christian who ought to stand up and confront it! We are the only ones able to conquer it!
  • And count the cost church, set it in your heart right now that you will NEVER lose your saltiness!

Y’all picking up what I am laying down? I need you to get this because I am about to move on… good.

Point Two: Salt Makes Food Better, Christians Make Life Better

  • Point two this morning: Salt makes food better, therefore Christians ought to make life better!
  • Salt Makes Food Better, Christians Make Life Better, that’s point two.
    • I mean there is a caramel late, and that is good…
    • But then there is the SALTED caramel late…
    • Corn on the cob is nice with butter… but better with salt sprinkled on top.
    • I have never met a person who doesn’t like salt on their popcorn.
    • And have you ever had cookies where they forgot the salt? Yuck!
  • Something about salt just makes food taste better. Sweet food, savory food, I even have heard that people like to put salt on their watermelon! Salt makes food better.

Luke 14:34-35 ESV  “Salt is good, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored?  (35)  It is of no use either for the soil or for the manure pile. It is thrown away. He who has ears to hear, let him hear.”

  • If the salt of food makes food better, then the salt of the earth ought to make the earth better, amen?
    • So if we are the salt of the earth, then we ought to be making the world a better place, a more enjoyable place to live.
    • Jesus says this in John 10:10

John 10:10 ESV  The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.

  • The world is living a life of death, destruction, and thievery, led by Satan.
    • But Christians live a life of abundance given by Christ Jesus.
    • If we are doing our duty as the salt of the earth we should be sharing the abundance and goodness of Christ by sharing Christ Himself.

Psalms 34:8 ESV  Oh, taste and see that the LORD is good! Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him!

  • You know when my daughter doesn’t want to eat something… she really doesn’t want to eat it.
    • I made her some cranberry almond oatmeal for breakfast on Friday, she took one look at it and said “It’s yucky”
    • I said “You don’t know it’s yucky, it’s so good, taste it”
    • She immediately covers her mouth.
    • Here I would put it on the spoon and feed it to you
    • “Noooo!”
    • If you don’t taste this oatmeal girl I am going to spank your bottom
    • *She tastes a small bit, then fakes gaging and spits it out*
  • THIS IS HOW SOME CHRISTIANS TREAT CHRIST. I have seen it time and time again.
    • Gag… I guess I will go to church.
    • Barf… I guess I will forgive.
    • Takes small bite and spits it out… ugh, I am a Christian… but ugh…
  • This is what you do when you live a life of visible misery…
    • Constantly sharing your woes, never your victories…
    • Constantly giving credit to Satan “The devil keeps attack me”
    • Constantly complaining about church, and scripture, and prayer…
    • Living in a poverty mindset instead of a More than Conqueror mindset…
  • I am not saying you are going to be rich, you might be poor.
  • I am not saying you are going to be healthy, you might be covered in boils.
  • BUT I AM SAYING THAT IN CHRIST JESUS YOU OUGHT TO BE CONTENT.

Philippians 4:10-13 ESV  I rejoiced in the Lord greatly that now at length you have revived your concern for me. You were indeed concerned for me, but you had no opportunity.  (11)  Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content.  (12)  I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need.  (13)  I can do all things through him who strengthens me.

  • Listen, Christ brings provision, and joy, and peace, and love, and forgiveness.
    • We ought to live like we are provided for, joyful, and peace, full of love, forgiven and ready to forgive!
  • Let me say that again…
  • Christ brings provision, and joy, and peace, and love, and forgiveness.
    • We ought to live like we are provided for, joyful, and peace, full of love, forgiven and ready to forgive!
  • Therefore people will look on and say “I want to taste the Christ that they are feasting on! I want some of that!
    • Therefore Christ ought to spread.
    • Therefore His provision, and joy, and peace, and love and forgiveness ought to spread.
  • And I can tell you from experience… those who have a negative mindset never seem to make it out of the hole…
    • Those who mope around because of their poverty or health or whatever… they always seem to stay trapped.
  • But there are many who I didn’t even know where in tough situations until they got out, because they lived like Christ was there all in all.
    • People be like “Hey man I finally got a job that pays more than minimum wage.
    • And I am like “You were working at minimum wage?”
    • I never knew because the joy and peace you always share.
  • Now I am not saying be twofaced,
    • I am not saying ignore your own need.
    • But there is a difference between going to life group and asking for prayer for a new job…
    • And being that guy who comes to church every Sunday moping around and cursing God for your current situation.
  • CHURCH! Listen! PLEASE! Live in the abundance of Christ, regardless  of your circumstance, and watch as that abundance spreads to others… making even their lives better!
    • We are the salt of the earth, we should make things better for people!

Conclusion:

  • Lets wrap this thing up… for the past three weeks we have been talking about the cost of discipleship… what it looks like to be all in… but hear this warning from Christ, the conclusion that HE gives for this message…

Luke 14:35 ESV  It is of no use either for the soil or for the manure pile. It is thrown away. He who has ears to hear, let him hear.”

  • The Christian who has lost his saltiness is worthless, to be thrown out.
    • There are two main functions of salt… to preserve, and to add taste… but there is a third that Jesus touches on here… to add fertilizer in the growing process.
  • Think about this for a minute… It is our job to share the gospel, it is our job to make disciples… but God brings the growth doesn’t he?

1 Corinthians 3:6 ESV  I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth.

  • That verse is talking about preaching the Gospel and leading people to Christ, that’s the planting, making them a disciple, that’s the watering, and them maturing in Christ from the moment they are saved to new glories daily, that’s God bringing the growth.
    • So then God is the fertilizer. He brings the growth.
    • And Jesus says “UN SALTY CHRISTIANS NEED TO STAY AWAY FROM NEW BELIEVERS BECAUSE THEY WILL INTERFEER WITH WHAT GOD IS DOING IN THEIR LIVES”.
  • Listen, if you are an unsalty Christian…
    • If you are lazy, cowardly, pathetic individual who calls themselves a Christ follower then you not only damage yourself, but you hurt others around you.
    • Jesus says you ought to be THROWN OUT!
  • Why do I share this? To make you feel bad, to discourage you, to hurl insults at you? NOT AT ALL!
    • I share this with you because I want so much MORE for you! Because God wants more from you!
    • Because you don’t have to be the pathetic Christian, you don’t have to live in fear, you don’t have to be lazy, you don’t have to be a coward.
    • GOD MADE YOU TO BE MORE THAN A CONQUEROR, BUT IT IS UP TO YOU TO OWN IT! TO LIVE IT! TO DO IT!
    • I share this with you because I want Christian Life Church to be a church of warriors, a church of royal priests, a church that lives in victory and makes the enemy tremble!
    • I want CLC to slay Giants, to conquer the land, to overthrow the enemy time and time again!
    • I WANT US TO BE SALTY!
    • But it can’t just be me! Make a decision today that you are who God says you are.
    • Make a decision to be all in, to never lose your flavor, to never expire, to leave the world behind!

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