Evangelism is Shaking and Shining, Part 2 (The Soul-Winning Motivator #22)

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Our soul winning verse from the Word of God today is Luke 14:23 which reads: “And the lord said unto the servant, Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled.”

Our soul winning quote today is from John Keble: “The salvation of one soul is worth more than the framing of a Magna Carta of a thousand worlds.”

Our soul winning devotional today is part 4 of our series titled “What Evangelism Is” from Dave Earley and David Wheeler from their fine book titled “Evangelism Is…: How to Share Jesus with Passion and Confidence”.

Evangelism is Shaking and Shining (Part 2)

As Christians we have the ability to be exactly what the world needs. We can be like salt preserving a rotting society and bringing taste to a tasteless culture. We can be like light giving hope and direction to those stumbling in darkness. As light we can attract people to the Light of the world. As salt we can cause people to thirst after the Water of life.

Our usefulness depends on our distinctiveness. We must not lose our distinctiveness, or we will lose our usefulness. Notice what Jesus said: “Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.”

I find these words to be sobering. When He says “good for nothing,” He’s not talking about God’s not loving us anymore. He is talking about our no longer being useful in impacting the world.

The question is, How does salt lose its saltiness? The answer is that it loses saltiness by gaining other stuff. Every other chemical added to salt weakens its saltiness. Salt alone is more powerful than salt and something else. The same is true of light. Anything other than light added to light weakens the power of light.

What makes us spiritually salty? What makes us spiritual light? What makes us useful for the world and different from the world?

We are not different just because we have a holy book called the Bible; other religions have a holy book. We are not different because we regularly attend religious services; adherents of other religions attend religious services regularly. We are not different because we do not smoke, drink, or chew; other religions have stricter rules than we do. The only true difference is Jesus. The more we have of Jesus in our lives, the more salty we become. The more Jesus is allowed to govern our lives, the more His light shines through us. When our lives become full of things other than Jesus, we will lose our saltiness. We will lose our light and will never make much of an impact.