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Thursday, May 2, 2013

Flying on Thursday with Brenda

 Brenda Smith will be a regular on Thursdays. She writes her own blog Thursday's Word.
 
Mix is to combine into one mass collection, assembly, unite, or join.
Blend is to mix smoothly and inseparably together. You are looking for quality here.
 
Mixing bowls, measuring spoons, measuring cups, sifters, spatulas are all used to make a cake. If done by hand now, it would be considered the “old-fashioned” way of baking. But, add a blender and you will cut the time in half. The best treat of all after Mom had finished with the mixing was to give us the spoon. Joy in life is remembering that ‘small stuff’ does matter.
It took all these ingredients mixed and blended together to make the cake good. We as Christians are to mix with others in the world. It means that we are expected to do our gospel task of making this world a better place.  We need to be out there, being mixed up into people, culture, and society.   Ye are the salt of the earth. (Matthew 5:13), but if you stay bottled up inside the shaker, if the only place you act like a Christian is when you’re inside the salt box that is the church, what good are you?  Take this simple image of a salt shaker being picked up and then the contents being sprinkled throughout the world. When we are out mixing and blending in the world, does not mean we are to be doing what the world is doing in an evil manner.
You need to mix in without blending in! You need to unite or join the people, but be separate from the way in which they are living.  It is easy to let your light shine among people you already know. The people on the outside need your light for guidance. ‘Ye are the light of the world’ (Matthew 5:14). As a Christian intent on kingdom building, you must mix into the world, bringing your gospel savor. Salt that never leaves the shaker does nothing to add flavor or zing to your French fries, and likewise Christian disciples who never interact with non-Christian people have no chance of reaching those people who are hurting. The Holy Spirit is your guide to knowing just how much gospel salt to add and just how much to withhold.  If your light is shining and if our lives reflect God’s desires for life, then sooner or later we most certainly will season the lives we touch.
Jesus did not say we are salt substitutes…He said we are the salt of the earth. The only question for you is whether you will be useful salt by mixing into the parts of this world that need your seasoning influence or whether you will stay in the shaker. Amen.
May God continue to bless you is my prayer.
 

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