The Salty Generation

Joel 1:3  “Tell it to your children, and let your children tell it to their children, and their children to the next generation.”

I went to a revival last night and as I looked around I saw so many ladies of my grandmother’s generation.  I thought about my “Nannie” and how she would have loved to go with me to these revivals.  I’m sure now she is saying to herself, “Oh, just wait until you get here!”  My husband and I often say if it wasn’t for our Grandmother’s prayers there is no telling where we would be!

Matthew 5:13 ““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.”   This salty generation that I’m referring to will fade away.  This salty generation has not lost one bit of their saltiness.  They are still praising, praying and telling it to us – their children.

So what about us, the children of the “salty generation”?  What are we doing with this salt?  Is it beginning to lose its flavor so we add a little artificial flavoring to feed the masses?  Was their salt not tasty enough?  Perhaps we’re not tasting the same salt they had.  Man made salt is not as healthy nor as flavorful as the salt of the earth.

2 Timothy 4:3-4  “For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables.”  Is this what is happening to our salt?  We cannot  be made salty again without the almighty touch of God.  It is the Holy Spirit that adds the flavor, not man.  We must trust in God and His Holy Spirit to convict and bring forth the plan of Salvation.  As the Body of Christ, we are part of the Lord’s mouthpieces and hands.  There is much truth to the old adage “actions speak louder than words”.  Our Christian love, freedom and liberties provokes others to want the same – that is our saltiness.  The Holy Spirit convicts and Jesus Christ saves.  We don’t have to entertain, we just have to love the lost (AND the found as far as that goes) and let God be God.

We must trust in the convicting power of the Holy Spirit.  We are the salt and Jesus Christ is the Saviour.  No one wants to save the lost more than Jesus Himself.  We must “Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction.” 2 Timothy 4:2.  I cannot imagine the sorrow my grandmother and my parents felt when I was lost.  But praise God, their prayers were answered and the Holy Spirit did a job on me also!  I am adopted into the Kingdom of God, I am now too considered “salty”.

“I am reminded of your sincere faith, which first lived in your grandmother Lois and in your mother Eunice and, I am persuaded, now lives in you also.” 2 Timothy 1:5.  How will the future generations remember us?   Will they know our saltiness? – Donna Warren

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