Tuesday, Sep 29, 2020

The Salty Christian: Are We Effective Athletes on Team Jesus?

"You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt should lose its taste, how can it be made salty? It's no longer good for anything but to be thrown out and trampled on by men." - Matthew 5:13

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Keiston France
Keiston France
A summa cum laude graduate of North Carolina A&T State University, Keiston France majored in Journalism & Mass Communication and served as the captain on the men's varsity tennis team. Keiston currently works for NASCAR as a developmental tire changer for Chip Ganassi Racing. His favorite Bible verse is 'Faith is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not yet seen.' Hebrews 1:11

I love the Olympics. The last time they were on, I could not help but stay up and watch. My greatest memory of the games was the opening ceremonies. As I watched athletes from around the world stand together, I was reminded of the power of athletics to build bridges between people from very different backgrounds.

Are You a Salty Christian on Team Jesus?

successIf athletics can do such a thing, Christians should be able to do so as well. Unfortunately, many committed believers simply don’t know how to build bridges with people of different backgrounds, faiths, or no faith at all.

Yet, Jesus calls His followers to be “salt.” Salt does two things: it makes things taste better and slows down the process of decay. In both cases, it must come in contact with another object to be effective.

Christians must have interaction with people they hope to influence. Sadly, many followers of Christ have little contact with non-believers.

As athletes on Team Jesus, we come in contact with many other athletes whose lives long to be seasoned with the love of Christ. Not only do we rub shoulders with non-Christians, but we also sweat with many whose lives are quickly decaying as a consequence of sin. We must use our roles as Christian athletes to be “salt” for Christ today! Think about it.

So, What’s The Play Call?

  1. Practically, how does God want you to be “salt”?
  2. Who can you be “salt” to in a greater way?
  3. What does Matthew 5:13 say about you if you are not serious about being a salty Christian?

Our Workout

“For our gospel came not unto you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Ghost, and in much assurance; as ye know what manner of men we were among you for your sake.” – 1 Thessalonians 1-5

 “I rejoiced greatly that I found of thy children walking in truth, as we have received a commandment from the Father. And now I beseech thee, lady, not as though I wrote a new commandment unto thee, but that which we had from the beginning, that we love one another.  

And this is love, that we walk after his commandments. This is the commandment, That, as ye have heard from the beginning, ye should walk in it. For many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist. Look to yourselves, that we lose not those things which we have wrought, but that we receive a full reward.  

Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son. If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed: For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds.” – 2 John 4-11

Overtime Prayer for Salty Christians

Father, thank You for the opportunity to play in the game. I recognize that You have put me on Your team to be “salt.” Help me to season the team and the world with Your love, and slow down the decay of sin. Amen.”

 

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