Wednesday, April 12, 2006

God-Flavors. Yeah -- and God-Colors, too!

Once again... Thank you for commenting on Tuesday's Toss-up. I must admit... I SELFISHLY love reading all of your writings! I don't know why people don't toss out subjects more often and let others comment on them! It's very fun to see how God can take one quote and translate it in each of our hearts! So many different opinions, yet so much alike!

Interestingly enough... just like our opinions, there are many kinds of salt, too! And they come in different varieties and colors ... There is plain ol' table salt, Kosher salt, sea salt, canning salt, pickling salt, rock salt, popcorn salt, and gourmet salt. Salt can be transparent, white, yellow, orange, red, blue, green, black, and various colors of gray.

Salt seasons our food, enhances flavors, aids in baking, and salt even freezes ice cream as well as dissolves ice! But when all is said and done... salt is salt.

So, I'm sure you're wondering where I'm going with this little science lesson, right? Well ... first... I just have to toss out this scripture... after all... it's what it's all about, but check it out in the Message translation... YOWZA! It really brings it home!!!

"Let me tell you why you are here. You're here to be salt-seasoning that brings out the God-flavors of this earth. If you lose your saltiness, how will people taste godliness? You've lost your usefulness and will end up in the garbage." Matt. 5:13 (The Message)

Oh.My.Goodness!!! Okay, let me just sit down and try to catch my breath after reading this passage in this translation!

Yes. I will readily admit that it is so easy for me to settle back in the comfort of my salvation. You know what I mean... keep it all to myself. Not share with others. Because basically I'm so afraid of what people will say, how they will react, and how they will receive the message! Yeah... I'm a people pleaser, and witnessing isn't always pleasing to people! (Heather - I'm a big witnessing chicken too!)

But when you read this passage in the translation above... MAN! It sure does shed a whole new meaning on things! Pretty plain and simple! And really, how exciting is that? I am here to be the salt-seasoning that brings out all the GOD-FLAVORS of this earth!!! I LOVE THAT! God-Flavors.

Not much of anything else brings out flavor like salt does... it is different from all other seasonings. And really, we must be different too, in everything we do... We can share the Word in so many different ways... through our lives, our words, our activities, our families, our attitudes toward other people (oh, that hits close to home!), and in every other aspect of our lives. But also as many of you mentioned... through "touch" (aggiejen) ... "Skin on skin, hand in hand time with others" (Shalee), and we as Christians can "give them a little jig in their step and a full feeling in their belly" (Flip Flop).

Oh, and Susanne mentioned salt being a preservative... Yeah. Salt protects meat from spoiling... and "corruption" -- Wow! That's what Melody Greene hit on in her article! She was referring to the Media, but she said... "Salt is also a preservative. Before refrigeration existed, salt was rubbed into meat to keep it from spoiling - or being corrupted from bacteria. Our Christian influence works in a similar way. It restrains the corruption of the world, which if left unchecked, multiplies as quickly as bacteria on a hunk of meat."

It made me wonder if my Christian influence is helping to restrain the corruption of the world? Yikes!

Okay ... one last thing... let's look at the rest of the scripture that I referred to earlier.

"Here's another way to put it: You're here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world. God is not a secret to be kept. We're going public with this, as public as a city on a hill. If I make you light-bearers, you don't think I'm going to hide you under a bucket, do you? I'm putting you on a light stand. Now that I've put you there on a hilltop, on a light stand--shine! Keep open house; be generous with your lives. By opening up to others, you'll prompt people to open up with God, this generous Father in heaven." Matt. 5:14-16 (The Message)

Oh, am I the only one that is getting EXCITED about this? Seriously! I can hardly contain myself. GOD IS NOT A SECRET TO BE KEPT! Breath. Breath. Breath. Okay -- one more time -- HE'S NOT A SECRET, y'all!

So, why is it so difficult to go public? It's not like I'm standing here bare nekkid (Peach!) and it's not like I have green skin! I have no strange appendages hanging from my side, and I have no disgusting boils on my face. Yeah... all those are things that would cause people to ... well, REACT badly towards me.

Okay -- let me re-read that last part ... "Keep open house; be generous with your lives. By opening up to others, you'll prompt people to open up with God, this generous Father in heaven."

HEY! I can do ALL of that! I do it here on my blog, don't I? And... I'm not scared of you! So... if I just flip it... and do it at home ... at work ... all over the place ... well, THAT WOULD MAKE ME SALT! Did you see what Addie wrote in the comments? She said, "You know how salt get's all hard in the shaker when the shaker hasn't been used in awhile. Hmm. I think we're the same way."

I don't know about you, but I don't want to get all hard and crusty!!!

And, honestly ... the thought of loosing my saltiness, becoming useless, and ending up in God's trash can is just more than I can digest right now!

Oh, YEAH! I'm gonna shine!!!! Shine, shine, shine!!!! I'm going to make it a goal to go OUT OF MY WAY to be salty. 'Cause, honey... I want to be a part of bringing out all those God-flavors and God-colors on this earth!

Will you be salty and shiney with me, too?

(y'all must think I'm strung out on crack!)


flipflop said...

...I think your strung out on salt. ;) ...It's a good thing though...

Heth said...

I'll be salty and shiney with you!

Faith said...

Count me in too! Shiney is gooood!

Susanne said...

What an amazing bunch of insight from all the comments on salt. Ya, I wanna join the shiney's! :)

Shalee said...

You're not on crack... That goes with the pepper seasoning. Stay with the salt idea.

I'm wanting to be salty too! (And not just the salt that you find on the rim of a margarita glass...)

It is just so marvelous to find others excited about being an active part of God's plan! I want to be part of the God-flavor too!

Thank you for sharing your fire, Gibee. You are an inspiration to us all.

Mama D said...

Wow! I think it might be sugar! The energy you have. Wow. I find witnessing easy at times but usually difficult. I will try to be salty and shiney at work today!

Stacey said...

I find the more I just let God work into the conversation I'm a lot more comfortable with sharing what I believe with others!!

Okay blog friends, let's start salting!!

Maybe we can start "Salty Saturday" and talk about someone God brought into our lives each week and how we witnessed to them : )

Praying for your Prodigal said...

Yes! Salt--the other white.....hmmmm...where was I going with that! ;)

This is why I LOVE blogging! I llove navigating through the blog-dom and finding like-minded...sisters in the Lord...who are ready to move out of their comfort zone...and taste abundant living!

Thanks gibee!


Faith said...

BTW - whatever your on - I'll take it with you. You tickle me PINK.

Lauren said...

GiBee, everyone is going to want to be salty and shiney now!!

HolyMama! said...

i LOVE this post!! Your enthusiasm for Him is just gorgeous! I'll shine on with you!

Janice (5 Minutes for Mom) said...

I can just picture you preaching up a storm girl!!! You go girl - you tell us how it is!!

So TRUE it is TERRIFYING!!! God's trash can?? I don't want to be in there!

It is interesting how it is easier to preach the good news in certain groups and not in really is challenging to witness in all places of our life.

Chaotic Mom said...

I absolutely LOVE your blog, this specific post, your enthusiasm for life. You are one SALTY chick. ;)

GiBee said...

Oh, my ... I didn't realize how long my post was until I really sat down last night and looked at it again!

And today, I have to wear shades and drink a TON of water from the saltiness and shineyness that you all shared back at me!

Heather Smith said...

Hey Girl! Sorry, I've been gone all week! Vacation! Yay! Actually I've been keeping my niece, but God's been using this time for me! I love this post! Beautiful! I once heard a message called, "Be Salty" It was the most awesome message. It was at an outdoor Fourth of July event. And in the middle of the message a storm came up and the lights under the shelter went out. The whole crowd started shouting out "Jesus, Jesus, Jesus" in unison. There were thousands there. I know people around there thought we were crazy, but they knew where we stood. Its our job to be salty in the world. Sometimes salt burns when it hits a tender spot, and that means not everyone's gonna like what we say, but we always remember the burn of the salt, and they'll never be able to completely forget our influence on them, whether they want to or not! Thanks, Gibee!!!

Nicki said...

Great post! Very convicting to me to be even saltier. Thanks, GiBee!

momrn2 said...

Get a glass of water people! With all the salt here... there is sure to be thirst raging!! But hey, isn't that what our saltiness is supposed to do? Cause a thirst for Jesus?? Flavor it up real good?! I'm here with you Gibee.... all salty and shiney... thanks for such a great, inspiring, encouraging post!

aggiejenn said...

Amazing thoughts! I love your's contagious! Keep being salty--the world desperately needs it. Blessings!