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THU 14th FEB, 2019

THEME: DON’T LOSE YOUR SAVOUR

PASSAGES:
LUKE 14:34-35;
Salt is good: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be seasoned? 35. It is neither fit for the land, nor yet for the dunghill; but men cast it out. He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.

MARK 9:49-50
Mark 9: 49. For every one shall be salted with fire, and every sacrifice shall be salted with salt. 50. Salt is good: but if the salt have lost his saltness, wherewith will ye season it? Have salt in yourselves, and have peace one with another.

MESSAGE
Savour is “The specific taste or smell of something or a distinctive sensation.” Our today’s passage describes the goodness of salt. Salt has a unique taste that everyone craves for. It sweetens and preserves food. When salt is absent in foods, the food either becomes unwanted, insipid or tasteless.

The life of a Christian is likened to that of the salt by Jesus in one of His teachings on the Mount.(Mt. 5:13). The Christian life has a ‘unique taste’ or character that the society recognizes. When a chaotic situation crops up in the life of the unconverted, he comes seeking for solution from the true Christian in their community. However, when such unconverted person could not see the savour expected from the Christian, he becomes frustrated and disappointed.

Imagine where you expect someone to rebuke people stealing from their place of work but later found out that he himself was the chief thief breeding other thieves. Where you expect someone to preach against fornication or adultery but found out that he himself is the one sleeping around with every available female in the church or community (Rom. 2:21-25). It would mean that the savour of such believer is wasted and useless.

Is that savour of the believer still in your life as a Christian? Have you corrupted the salt and turned it to a sour taste that the society abhors? You need to examine your life by the Word of God and allow a divine repair or solution before it is too late. Jesus said when the salt has lost its savour, it is no longer good for anything but to be trodden under feet of men. My prayer is that your ‘salt’ as a Christian will not become sour or lose its taste in Jesus name.

On the other hand, if the savour is still very effective, protect it and don’t allow it to be trodden under the feet of men.” Rather, labour more to sweeten more lives as your savour becomes more valuable, the more you use it. Mind you, the savour of Christian life is love, agape original! So, don’t let Valentine take away your savour but to enhance it.

HYMN: EMHB 600(DLM)
1: O MASTER, let me walk with Thee
In lowly paths of service free;
Thy secret; help me bear
The strain of toil, the fret of care;
Help me the slow of heart to move
By some clear winning word of love;
Teach me the wayward feet to stay,
And guide them in the homeward way.

2: Teach me Thy patience; still with Thee
In closer, dearer company,
In work that keeps faith sweet and strong,
In trust that triumphs over wrong,
In hope that sends a shining ray
Far down the future’s broadening way,
In peace that only Thou canst give,
With thee, O Master, let me live!

MEMORY VERSE: Matthew 5:13 “You are the salt of the earth. But what good is salt if it has lost its flavour? Can you make it useful again? It will be thrown out and trampled underfoot as worthless.”

PRAYER: Heavenly Father, let me never to lose my savour as a Christian believer but to increase in my sweetness as I touch more lives with the gospel and life of Christ. Amen.

HAPPY VALENTINE! LOTS OF LOVE IN CHRIST!

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