My Fitness

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

when salt has lost its saltiness

Jesus once asked, "If salt has lost its taste, how can its saltiness be restored?"

Wait.

How can salt even lose its saltiness? How can it lose its taste?

Salt
NaCl
sodium chloride








If part of this simple chemical formation is broken off, its still salt. It just becomes less salt.







Then why would Jesus warn us that we can lose our saltiness? Seems weird. I did very little searching to find out that the only way for salt to lose its saltiness is for there to be "additives" in the mix.

The purpose of us being salt is so that others would see our good works and give glory to our Father in heaven. But if our salt is impure it can rot. If we are impure, we can rot. And at that point we are only good for being trampled under people's feet: people can use rotten salt to help pave their way. Rotten salt, rotten christians can serve as a warning to not lose their saltiness. (Maybe that's a stretch. Maybe that's not what Jesus meant at all. The warning is still good - don't stop being salt or you'll be useless.)

If you mix something other than the gospel into the gospel, you think you are adding a preservative but really you are contaminating the gospel and the Christian and the salt.

You are the salt of the earth. But if salt has lost its taste how can its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything but to be thrown out and trampled under people's feet. You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and hide it under a basket, but put it on a stand so it can give light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others that they may see your good works and give glory to the father who is in heaven.
Matthew 5:13-16

So what is the gospel? And how can we be pure before God?

In a word, love.
We should define love using scripture.
By this we know love: that he laid down his life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers. 1 John 3:16
Consider 1 Corinthians 13. Who embodies that description of love? Jesus.
How have you laid down your life for anyone today?

Consider this short message from Tim Keller below. It stayed with me because I happen to be memorizing the Sermon on the Mount (the saltiness passage) right now and I have been ruminating on it and letting it marinate in my soul. Hearing him cite it got me thinking more. I hope it will get you thinking more. Religion that is pure and undefiled is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction and to keep oneself unstained from the world. James 1:27


Friday, July 13, 2018

so basically I published a book

That about sums it up. You can order it on Amazon in both paper back and Kindle.

I was inspired to write a book whenever I noticed that I had a rote answer for when people were "stuck" in the walk with Christ. Someone might say, "I keep stumbling in this sin. I feel like I'm pursuing Christ but I feel stuck like God is distant." I went through my answer with every person that was almost identical. The answers were always rooted in spiritual disciplines.

And so I wrote a book. Well, more like a booklet. It's devotional style and short. I don't claim to have all the answers. But I do claim to know the One who does. And by truly and actually pursuing him and not just pursuing religion or a good life, I suspect that a "stuck" spiritual walk will blossom! This book is meant to give you a taste of what that's like.

Check out and buy a copy! For the remainder of the month of July it is discounted: WARPS: an introduction to spiritual disciplines

Last year I wrote a prayer book. In my devotional, I mention that prayer book. I wrote that you can contact me to obtain it. You can find that book by following my author's page on Amazon: L. E. Mulford It was very simple and there's a link in a blogpost where you can download it. Or you can get it at cost from Amazon: 31 Days of Praying Scripture for Our Souls

I want to thank Libby Williams for helping me edit. I want to thank those friends who encouraged me. With all the sadness and evil done to me and my family this year, I am happy that God was able to still keep me focussed and driven.

I really like this book. I've reread it and still found it to be encouraging and convicting! The prayer book, too! It's good stuff and I hope that it will accomplish its purpose of pointing you to Christ.

Why did I write under the name "L. E. Mulford" instead of Lauren? I've always done so. Since I was 6 or 7. Back then I was LEB and once I got married I changed it to LEM. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

I didn't tell my family that I wrote a book. But I did mail my parents a copy. Here's their reaction to receiving it: