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Be the Salt of the Earth

*Salt of the Earth*

Salt is not an expensive article of food, but a very important one.

When the Lord Jesus was here upon earth,

He said, “YOU are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its strength,

how will its saltness be restored? It is no longer usable for anything

but to be thrown outside to be trampled on by men.”

 *Matthew 5:13*

All that salt is in the natural, the Lord Jesus wants the Christian to be

in a spiritual sense. Salt was a common product in the days when the

Lord Jesus walked the earth, as now, so that His disciples understood

what He meant when He said, “Ye are the salt of the earth.”

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Let us listen to the message of the fine grains of salt.

Salt is used to season food and make it palatable.

Think of a meal being served without salt.

So, think of a community without Christians.

The reason such terrible conditions exist in heathen lands,

is that the Lord Jesus is not known and the Bible not read.

People who do not know Him are SALTLESS.

There is no savor about their lives.

Salt permeates, or penetrates food very quickly.

Put a bit in a glass of water and soon the entire contents are affected by it.

It is not careful to hide its identity—it seems to be constantly saying,

“I am salt: I am salt.”

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Salt has healing properties, and is often used as an antiseptic or a purifier.

If Christian boys and girls are like salt, then they too, will lend a purifying

influence among their playmates and friends.

They will be able to HEAL many quarrels and misunderstandings.

Parents are always glad to have their children make friends with the

Christian boy or girl, for this very reason.

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Salt is very powerful, too, as you shall see.

I have here a jar of water and an egg.

When I put the egg in the jar of water, notice what happens!

Why, the egg falls to the bottom of the jar.

It can only be lifted up by means of a spoon.

But suppose I add some salt, then what will happen?

See the egg come to the top!

Salt has lifting power, and is able not only to lift the egg,

but to keep it afloat on the water.

The world drags a man down in sin and would keep him down.

A Christian should, like the salt, lift men “up”—not in his own

strength, but by pointing him to the One, who alone can reach

down to the depths and lift a man up to the heights.

“Furthermore, there is no salvation in anyone else,

for there is not another name under heaven that has

been given among men by which we must get saved”

except the name of Jesus.

*Acts 4:12*

There is power in His name.

“Thou shalt call His name Jesus for He shall save

His people from their sins”

*Matthew 1:21*

When one accepts the Lord Jesus as Saviour,

he becomes a “new creature in Christ Jesus.”

His life becomes powerful like the “salt.”

He has a savor about him that tells of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Are you like these little white grains of salt?

If not, the Lord Jesus wants you to be.

Hear His words,

“Ye are the salt of the earth.”

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“For everyone must be salted with fire.

Salt is fine; but if ever the salt loses its strength,

with what will YOU season it itself?

Have salt in yourselves, and keep peace between one another.”

*Mark 9:49-50*

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The Magnet and the Nail Family

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Objects:

1. A Magnet.

2. Young Children of the Nail Family—small, bright, shiny Nails.

3. Mr. Nail (father), large nail, a bit rusty—invisible string attached, concealing

large bottle under the table.

4. Mrs. Nail (mother) middle-size nail; invisible string attached concealing

deck of cards.

5. Big Brother Nail, tall, bright nail; invisible string attached, concealing

a filthy rag.

6. Bent, rusty Nail (Grandpa Nail).

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We have the NAIL family before us this morning, boys and girls.

See them here on the table!

They picture a good many families living all about us today.

And what is this? (Exhibit magnet.)

Someone says, “a MAGNET.”

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Yes, this is a magnet. It has drawing power. In John 12:32 the Lord Jesus said,

“And I, if I be lifted up will draw all men unto Me.” He was speaking of His death

on the cross, which would enable Him to draw men and women from sin unto

Himself as Saviour.

We will let the MAGNET picture the Lord Jesus/Yeshua.

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Lord & Savior Jesus/Yeshua_little children drawn to Him

Let us put the magnet in among the Nail family. See the bright, shiny nails fly

to it? These are the small children in the Nail family. Like many other small

children, they are eager to accept the Lord Jesus in their youth. (Eccl. 12:1.)

They gladly accept His loving invitation to the children, “Suffer the little children

to come unto Me and forbid them not.” — Luke 18:16.

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But what about the other members of the Nail family? Some seem unmoved,

while others make an attempt to come, but something seems to hold them back.

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father_an alcoholic

father_an alcoholic

Let us look at each one separately. This tall, strong looking nail, is Mr. Nail,

the father of the household. Surely, Mr. Nail, as the head of the house, should

accept the Lord Jesus as His Saviour. But no, he refuses to come, though he

does seem moved as the story of God’s love is presented to him. Something

seems to hold him back. Let us see what it is. (Beer Bottle in hand)

Ah—this tells the story.

Mr. Nail is bound down by a habit which seems to have the better of him.

This bottle tells not only of a habit, but of worldly friends and pleasures,

which are keeping him away from the church and the Lord.

Is there no hope for Mr. Nail?

Oh, yes, the Lord Jesus is able to break every fetter. He says, “Him that

cometh to Me I will in no wise cast out.” — John 6:37.

Now, see Mr. Nail cling to the magnet! Hear him sing:

“Other refuge have I none, Hangs my helpless soul on Thee.”

mother_addictive gambling vice

With Mr. Nail a Christian, he is anxious for Mrs. Nail and the other members

of the family to accept the Lord Jesus as Saviour. Mrs. Nail has surely seen

a change in Mr. Nail since he became a Christian, she would like to come to

the Lord Jesus, but something seems to be exerting an influence over her.

Let us see what it is … Why, attached to Mrs. Nail is a deck of cards.

So this is the reason Mrs. Nail will not put her trust in the Lord as her

Saviour — she loves the world and the pleasures of the world.

Finally she too, accepts the invitation of the Lord Jesus. She hears him say,

“Come unto Me all ye that labor and are heavy laden and I will give you rest.”

— Matt. 11:28.

What rest and peace she found in Christ—a peace that the world never knew

or offered.

grandpa_grumpy and bitter in sin

Another member of the Nail family is Grandpa.

This bent, rusty nail is Grandpa Nail. He is getting old, all of his life has been

lived for self, with practically no thought of God. He hears of the Lord Jesus

from his son and daughter-in-law, but it doesn’t seem to be for him.

He feels he has lived in sin too long. Again and again they tell him of Jesus’

love. His heart seems changing—he listens with more interest. Finally one

day as Mr. Nail repeated Romans 5:8, “For God commended His love toward

us in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us” — a joy filled his heart

and life as he exclaimed, “He died for me! He died for me!”

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With Grandpa Nail in the fold, there was only one other member of the family

left untouched by the Gospel. This was Big Brother Nail. Big Brother was a

Senior in college. He couldn’t understand what was happening to the family.

His mother and father tried to tell him, but he was always too busy, besides,

he said such things were “old fashioned.” How they all yearned over Big

Brother and longed to see him come to the Lord Jesus and accept Him as

Saviour.

big brother_insufferable conceited self-righteousness

This tall, bright looking nail is Big Brother. Let us see if we can find out why

he refuses to come to the Lord Jesus. Something seems to be preventing him

from even listening to the “Good News.”

Ah, see what is attached to Big Brother — a filthy rag!

What can this mean?

God’s Word says that self-righteousness is in His sight as “filthy rags,”

(Isa. 64:6). Big Brother feels that he has a righteousness of his own, and so

does not need a Saviour. But the prayers of the Nail family are not to go

unanswered. At last Big Brother is brought to realize that, “All have sinned

and come short of the glory of God.”— Romans 3:23.

He turns his back on his own righteousness, takes his place as a sinner in

need of  a Saviour. What rejoicing there was in the Nail household the day

that Big Brother came to the Lord. “Praise God from whom all blessings flow,”

they all sang that night as they gathered around the family altar.

What happened in the Nail family can happen in your family too, boys and girls.

The Lord Jesus longs to DRAW unto Himself those who know Him not.

“The Son of Man is come to seek and to save the lost” (Luke 19:10),

and “Him that cometh to Me I will in no wise cast out.”—John 6:37.

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excerpted from “www.moreillustrations.com”

 Sermon Illustrations



Ω♣♥ PRIORITIES ♥♣Ω

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William Gladstone (1809-1898) was England’s Prime Minister four times, and one

of the most important political figures of his era. He was also famous for being an

active Christian.

Every day as Gladstone went up the steps of the Parliament building, he bought

a newspaper from the same newsboy and said an encouraging word about how

Jesus loved him.

One day, as Gladstone and his secretary were going into Parliament, another

newsboy stopped them. “Hey, Mr. Gladstone, you know the bloke you usually

get’cher paper from?

Well, yesterday he was run over by a carriage and he’s going to die.

He wants you to come get him in.”

“What do you mean, ‘get him in’?” Gladstone asked.

“You know–get him in to Heaven.”

Gladstone’s secretary protested. “No, no, no, you don’t have time to go see

a newsboy! You know how important your speech today is. It could change

the course of history!”

Gladstone thought a moment, then said, “One immortal soul is worth more

than my speech in Parliament.”

So he went to the little garret where the newsboy lay dying.

Gladstone prayed with him to receive Jesus.

He “got him in”–and then the boy died.

By the time Gladstone made it back to Parliament, a heated discussion was

already under way. He gave his speech, and his side went on to win the vote.

Afterwards his secretary asked, “Sir, how could you have gone off like that

and almost miss making such an important speech?”

“The speech was a very important and good thing,” Gladstone replied, “

but getting that boy saved and into Heaven was a better, more important

thing!”

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*David Brandt Berg*

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To comprehend a man’s life, it is necessary to know not merely

what he does,  but also what he purposely leaves undone.

There is a limit to the work that can be got out of a human body

or a human brain, and he is a wise man who wastes no energy

on pursuits for which he is not fitted; and he still wiser who,

from among the things that he can do well, chooses and

resolutely follows the best.

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There is but one question of the hour:
How to bring the truth of God’s Word into vital contact with the
minds and hearts of all classes of people.

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♣ William E. Gladstone ♣



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