The “Calling” Into Missionary Service, Pt.2

Salt is good, but if salt has lost its savor wherewith shall it be seasoned? It is neither fit for the land, nor yet for the dunghill; but men cast it out…

An unsurrendered Christian is like salt without any savor, and as crude as it sounds it isn’t even fit for the dunghill. (Look that word up in the dictionary!)  I myself at my best day am no more than an unprofitable servant, and as such I have no authority to speak for the Lord outside from what my Lord said already. He said salt that has no savor isn’t even fit for the dunghill, but men cast it out.  When the Lord found me, I was not fit for the dunghill, and even to this day my efforts will never amount to any profit for the Lord.  Sure enough the when we surrender to His will, and respond with obedience we will have the savor He gives us the savor to season the world around us.  If we have no savor, no surrender then there will be no potency in our faith only to be cast out in the refuse.  What use is a flashlight that doesn’t work, especially in a dark hour in the time of need?  Even so is the “Christian” who does not pursue Christ, and is powerless to serve the Saviour.

Surrendering to Christ and dying to self  is more than just a slogan or an abstract philosophy to live by.  But there are tangible decisions to be made in order to make living for Christ possible.  The first decision is to love Jesus more than your family, even yourself.  We invest into the things and people we love, whether it seeing to their care financially, emotionally, or physically.  If we are going to be surrendered, savory Christians, then we must willingly place Jesus as the number one priority of our love and affection. The first action of our pursuit in Christ is to love the One whom died for us.  Doing this plunges our hearts further into true discipleship and God’s plan for reaching the world with the gospel.

If surrender to Jesus seems hard for you then meditate on these two verses and their implications.  Matthew 6:21, “For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” Matthew 6:24, “No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.”  It would be excellent advice to read the whole chapter of Matthew 6, however these two verse highlight the majority of objections men hold when coming to Christ.  Of a truth, our hearts follow ourtreasure, but our treasure will never follow our hearts. Only if Christ were our treasure then surrendering to Him would be made simpler, but instead many of us come to Christ with baggage and comforts of the world.  What then shall we do?  We should do as Moses did, whom saw “in Christ greater riches than all the treasure do Egypt.”. If there was ere a man whom could live the life ocomfort to the fullest it would be Moses whom grew up in the lap of Egyptian royalty and luxury.  But Moses had his eyes on Christ, and there he believed with the eyes of His heart that there is more to obtain in pursing Jesus than all the treasures Egypt or the known world had to offer. Do you believe this? Do you desire this life of pursuing Christ?  Then when next you come to Jesus, bring your baggage and treasures with you and leave them at the feet of Jesus.  I’m not trying to sound religious here, I literally mean to grab those things which you have invested in, cars, houses, boats, Direct TV, cell phones, Internet, games, or any other luxury imaginable and trade it in for it’s face value s that you may give it willingly to Christ. A willing gift is key, if giving money or anything else to missions can’t be done willfully, then the gift is in vain and reward forfeit. “Exodus 25:2 Speak unto the children of Israel, that they bring me an offering: of every man that giveth it willingly with his heart ye shall take my offering.” It’s often we find these worldly things to command our hearts rather us commanding worldly things for the furtherance of the Gospel.

A willing gift is necessary, not a gift motivated by guilt, or by religious rules like many cults of this world thrive on, but by the love of Christ which constrains us. “So likewise, whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot be my disciple.” for the one who may be offended at Christ and these sayings may remain unsurrendered and unsavory Christian, but for one whom will love his Lord will find their surrender to be an opportunity to pursue Christ and His greater riches

Thoughts insummary:

1. Surrender is the savor of a Christian

2. Surrender evolves tangible decisions, beginning with whom we will love more, Jesus or others.

3. Surrender includes surrendering your treasures willingly, the Lord is not interested in gifts given grudgingly.

4. Man’s heart follows his treasures, placing your treasures in Christ secures your affections in Christ, plunging oneself deeper into the pursuit of Christ and eternal riches.

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