“For everyone will be salted with fire. Salt is good; but if salt has lost its saltiness, how can you season it? Have salt in yourselves, and be at peace with one another.” (Mark 9: 49-50)
There is a great hunger in our world. It is a hunger for spirit. Not a bland spirit, but a spirit that has meaning and substance and real flavor. A spirit that is vital today, to the 21st century and to what is going on in our lives at this very moment. A spiritual hunger that connects us as one humanity, and one body of God’s creation.
There is a hunger for a real, thrilling, uplifting presence of God in our lives, a connection with the authentic Spirit of God who is the living breathing life force that sustains life in each and every one of us.
Salt not only adds flavor when it is added, but salt also is a great preservative. Being spiritual beings, having a human experience, the image of something earthly, like salt, can remind us to preserve our faith in God while we add spice and flavor to our lives. Jesus tells us that salt (you can read: belief) enlivens our faith and lifts us to a new truth about God moving and working in, through, and as, each of us.
This passage is preceded in Mark by the Disciples questioning Jesus about the limits of who can claim divine power. Others were healing and proclaiming about God and the Disciples took issue because they said these people were not “one of us.” Jesus begins by reminding them that it is not “about us,” but about doing things for God. Jesus further corrects them with a radical idea that each and every one of us are meant to be a force for good in the world, but we must not let our faith (saltiness) be diminished.
When we have salt in ourselves our relationship with God becomes stronger and more intimate. Salt allows us to see things differently for we begin to see the power of real and vital spirit moving in our lives. Our faith and our belief are meant to enliven us and the salt we are to have in ourselves can preserve our faith in ways that allow us to see our lives moving forward with amazing possibility in new and exciting ways.
That salt is God, that salt is Jesus, that salt is Divine Light, Divine Mind, Divine Intelligence. That salt is in you and it is in me, but we must daily recognize it. It is the ingredient from which real change and miracles are made.
Affirmation: “Everywhere I look today I see more joy and blessings. Each day is a glorious gift to be treasured.”
Rev. Jefferson Beeker
We live our lives one thought at a time. Let each of those thoughts really count for something wonderful.
Be prepared to change your thinking and change your life.
Please join us each Sunday for our SpiritSong service at 5:30 PM in our Social Hall at First Christian Church, North Hollywood, CA. This Contemporary Celebration and Praise service is an hour of great music from our wonderful band and singers, inspiring messages and good fellowship. Those things in life that you have been seeking have also been seeking you. Now is a good time to receive them. We will lift one another to live exciting, abundant new lives of possibility and purpose.
Also, join me on Wednesday evenings from 7 to 8 PM for an hour of guided and silent meditation, reflection, affirmation and prayer. As always, we will share communion together. Everyone is welcome. We are an open and affirming congregation.
First Christian Church, North Hollywood, 4390 Colfax Avenue, Studio City, CA 91604. http://www.fccnh.org
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