Sunday, March 26, 2017

God's Move and Our Reaction

Good morning!

Greetings in the name of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

And we know that all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose, (Romans 8:28)

We, Christians, often recite this favorable verse:  “All things work together for good,” especially, when something that we don’t expect happens.  By quoting this verse, we get God’s comfort and support each other in God.   Yes, this is a really powerful Word.   This verse was originally written for the believers in Rome by Apostle Paul as a part of his letter to encourage them, although they actually did not live comfortably in peace because they tried to be true followers of Jesus Christ.   This verse is still a strongly encouraging message to us who live in now more than 2000 years after this message was written for the Christians in Rome.

Even though we don’t understand why on earth, it is true that God is always with us  no matter what happens in our lives whether it is good, easy or difficult, hard.   His mighty hand is always on our shoulder, and He points us to Jesus on the cross, who died for us.   Once He includes us in His eternal family, He never forsakes or abandons us because He is faithful to us and dearly loves us.   As a mother who has delivered her baby never forgets her precious infant baby, we are precious to God’s eyes.  In fact, we are not more qualified or more righteous than others before God, but His one-sided love makes us be His children without our any merits.  This is the grace of Our God coming from His mercy and love.   Again, we cannot fathom why, but He dearly loves us.

It is also true that with our limited wisdom and knowledge, there is no way to comprehend why something must happen by coming into our lives.  When such things are harmless (according to our own sense and understanding), then they don’t draw any of our attention.  However, something painful comes into our lives and persists as an unsurmountable obstacle, then it draws all our attention and truly occupies all of us by residing at the center of our heart.   Almost without an exception, as the time period prolongs, it escalates our emotional stress by adding worries and frustration in our heart.   As a result, our situation is getting worse (again according to the measure of our own sense and understanding).  Then it deeply penetrates into our heart and mind.   We resist, fight back or avoid it, but our effort is futile. It seems fights back even stronger.   How to get out of this viciously condemning hardship in our lives? 

The Bible say “All things work together for good.”   Our severe suffering is a part of God’s plan to make all things good.   How many times have we experience: something painful or a disastrous accident later becomes the most precious to our lives even being our great blessings?    Then we start realizing our initial thought and emotional reaction were not correct by being biased to our own knowledge and wisdom, which is significantly limited.  We are a mere human living on the surface of the earth.   We cannot see even one second future, and we cannot read the hearts of other people.  Since the dawn of our human history, none could overcome this human’s fundamental limitation, and this limitation makes us “human.”   Due to our cognition limitation, although all of the pieces of information and facts were available, we would never be able to put together to see a complete picture of our lives, both spatially and temporally.  What we can know is a just a tiny small portion of our lives.   As a result, we can only know a tiny little amount about us.   Our “rational” decision, thus, can be hardly rational because we are mere humans.   Our God is different.   He is Omniscience God, who knows all things from the beginning and the end.  He is also the Omnipotent God, who is infinitely more capable than us.   Additionally, He is omnipresent, i..e., He is present everywhere.  This almighty God loves us, and always wants to give us the best.  This is far beyond all our understanding.  

Image result for number puzzlesWhen I was a kid, I liked to play with a number puzzle like shown on left.  (This is the predecessor of Rubik’s cube.)   It is a two-dimension number puzzle, and although it has 16 positions, but it only includes only 15 pieces.   Each piece has a unique number.  The goal of the game is to arrange all of the numbered pieces (1 through 15) in a proper order as shown in the picture.    As you can see, each peace cannot move freely in any direction because there is only one empty slot in the entire game board.    Thus, in order to move one piece to a proper location, other pieces have to be rearranged to make the piece to move toward a desired direction.    In some sense, all of the pieces are related too.  In short, none of them cannot directly move to the destination.  It requires a complex series of coordinating moves with its neighbors to reach its destination.  During such moves, a player temporarily makes it further away from the desired destination.   As a result, no piece cannot take a direct route to its destination.  That’s why this is a puzzle for kids.    (Yes, Rubik’s cube requires the same kind of thinking, but only more complex because it is a three-dimensional puzzle.) 

Let’s think about one creature that lives on one of the pieces of the above number game board.  He, the creature, can only see his neighbors and a general direction toward the destination.   Let’s make you the guy who actually moves the pieces.  Surely you can see the entire game board all the time.   You also know where he wants to go.    Now you help him by moving him (i.e., moving his piece).    You already know that in order to move him to the destination, you need to make a series of moves because there is no direct route.  Some of the moves definitely makes him further away from the destination, but such moves are necessary to make him get to the destination.    Let’s think in his point of view.   He has no control, but rely on you because his ability is truly limited.   However, he can generally feel where his piece is moving together.    Thus, he feels whether he is getting closer to the destination or now.   What would be his feeling, when he noticed that he is pushing away from the destination?  Surely, he starts feeling uncomfortable.   If the next move makes him getting closer, he will feel better.  However, sometimes, you need to move him further away though a series of moves.   He would think that you would not cooperate, but pushing him further away from where he wants to god.  His frustration starts building g up, and his emotional level even reaches at the level of pain and agony while asking why and doubting your good intention.   Without knowing the entire picture, he thinks he is completely drifted away, and he seriously doubt about your promise making him safely and quickly get to the goal.   In his mind, he would say nothing logical and rational is happening around him, and he feels completely lost and helpless.  Of course, it is not true.  Regardless how he thinks, you are diligently moving him to safely arrive at the destination as you has promised.

Of course, we are not the creature on the number game board, but it gives some insight about what God does for us.   Today’s Bible verse says: “all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose”    This verse also qualifies two additional aspects: for those who love God and who are called according to His purpose.   Yes, we have to love God no matter what happens in our lives, which is our faith that He wants.  Loving Him also means completely trusting Him, while praising Him for His goodness toward our lives.   He diligently guide and move us with His infinitely goodness.  Although our physical eyes see that we are moving away from our destiny, what we see is not true.   Our loving Father, God always moving us in a right direction through the paths of righteousness.  We, limited human beings, simply have no ability to see the true and complete picture.    God is different.  He always sees the entirety of our life, and constantly guides us so that we can truly become His beloved children.   Bible continues:

For God knew his people in advance, and he chose them to become like his Son, so that his Son would be the firstbornn among many brothers and sisters.  And having chosen them, he called them to come to him. And having called them, he gave them right standing with himself. And having given them right standing, he gave them his glory. (Romans 8:29-30)

Praise God, who dearly loves us and guides us in His Infinitely Good Will!   His name will be praised from our own lips.    We believe that He is constantly leading us according to His infinite good will with His unfathomable wisdom and knowledge.    Let’s put our complete trust on Him because He is worthy to be praised.    Life up our eyes and sing praises to Him.  Hallelujah!  He is the One and Only God, on whom we can put all our complete trust because He is our true and ever-loving Father.

If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!"  (Luke 11:13)

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Indulgence on Our Own Self and God's Faithfulness

Good morning!

Greetings in the name of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don't fall! (1 Corinthians 10:12)

We all know about Samson, who had the greatest strength in Bible.   He was born during the difficulty time of Israel people, who was under oppression of the Philistines for forty years.   There was one married couple, who had no child for long time.   One day, the angel of the LORD appeared to the wife and said, “You are barren and childless, but you are going to become pregnant and give birth to a son. Now see to it that you drink no wine or other fermented drink and that you do not eat anything unclean. You will become pregnant and have a son whose head is never to be touched by a razor because the boy is to be a Nazirite, dedicated to God from the womb. He will take the lead in delivering Israel from the hands of the Philistines.”   God saw the Israelites’ hardship, and promised a deliverer.   Then a boy was born, as promised, and the baby was named Samson.   As Samson grew, the LORD blessed him, and the Spirit of the Lord began to stir him.  

As a part of God’s plan, Samson tried to marry Timnah, a young Philistine woman despite of his parents’ objection for his marriage to the uncircumcised Philistine wife.  Bible tells “His parents did not know that this was from the Lord, who was seeking an occasion to confront the Philistines; for at that time they were ruling over Israel.” (Judges 14:4)   Samson’s father gave in, and he was making final arrangements for the marriage, Samson threw a party at Timnah, as was the custom for elite young men.  Then the bride’s parents saw this, they selected thirty young men from the town to be his companions.  Samson said to them, “Let me tell you a riddle. If you solve my riddle during these seven days of the celebration, I will give you thirty fine linen robes and thirty sets of festive clothing.  (This was the first opportunity that God prepared to use Samson.)

They could not solve the riddle.  They really struggled, but by the help of Timnah, Samson’s wife, they could solve it.  Samson replied, “If you hadn’t plowed with my heifer, you wouldn’t have solved my riddle!”  Then The Spirit of the LORD came powerfully upon him. He went down to the town of Ashkelon, killed thirty men, took their belongings, and gave their clothing to the men who had solved his riddle.   After this event, Samson, driven by God, exhibited his unbelievable strength and power again the Philistines.   One occasion, he even killed 1000 Philistines with one jawbone of a recently killed donkey.   With his strength and power, Samson judged Israel for twenty years during the period when the Philistines dominated the land.

Sometime later Samson fell in love with a woman named Delilah, a Philistine woman.  The rulers of the Philistines went to her and said, “Entice Samson to tell you what makes him so strong and how he can be overpowered and tied up securely. Then each of us will give you 1,100 pieces of silver.”   Delilah liked the offer.

So Delilah said to Samson, “Please tell me what makes you so strong and what it would take to tie you up securely.”    Without hesitation, Samson replied, “If I were tied up with seven new bowstrings that have not yet been dried, I would become as weak as anyone else.”   Of course, it was not true.    So the Philistine rulers brought Delilah seven new bowstrings, and she tied Samson up with them. She had hidden some men in one of the inner rooms of her house, and she cried out, “Samson! The Philistines have come to capture you!” But Samson snapped the bowstrings as a piece of string snaps when it is burned by a fire.  Samson’s secret was not revealed.  

After this even, Samson should have realized Delilah’s real motive:  eliminate Samson’s great strength.  Samson should have left the place and should have not seen Delilah any more, but he didn’t.  He gave another false clue about the source of his strength – tying him with brand new-ropes that had never been used.    Delilah again did what Samson told to her.   But again Samson snapped the ropes from his arms as if they were thread.

Again Samson did not leave her, who was the snare.  Instead, he boasted his strength and enjoyed it by beating up the Philistines.   Yet he gave another false clue of eliminating his great strength – weaving seven braids of his hair into the fabric on her loom.   Of course, it did not work.   Samson could easily defeat the Philistines without affecting by his hair woven to her fabric.   However, Samson was getting closer to his destruction.   Although it was false, it involves his hairs, the very source of his great strength.  Yes, his false clue was dangerously close to the real source of his power.   He was too much involved into himself and his own indulgence. 

Then Delilah pouted, “How can you tell me, ‘I love you,’ when you don’t share your secrets with me? You’ve made fun of me three times now, and you still haven’t told me what makes you so strong!” She tormented him with her nagging day after day until he was sick to death of it.    Samson, who was already weaken by his own desire of the world, could not stand anymore.  Samson shared his secret with her. “My hair has never been cut,” he confessed, “for I was dedicated to God as a Nazirite from birth. If my head were shaved, my strength would leave me, and I would become as weak as anyone else.”

Upon hearing the real secret, Delilah lulled Samson to sleep with his head in her lap, and then she called in a man to shave off the seven locks of his hair. In this way she began to bring him down, and his strength left him.  Finally, the Philistines captured Samson and gouged out his eyes. They took him to Gaza, where Samson was bound with bronze chains and forced to grind grain in the prison.   This is the end of the Samson’s era as Judge of the Israelites.   He was overly confident about his own strength, and he lost his strength.  Then he became a prisoner of the Philistines, his enemy.

Although Samson forgot about God, God did not forget Samson.    This is the beauty of God’s plan and love.  God never leaves His people no matter what they have done in their lives.   Samson was grinding grain by turning a huge millstone, and God was there.  Initially, Samson did not know, but his hair began to grow back.   While turning the huge millstone, he rediscovered God by knowing Him deeper than before.  

The Philistine rulers held a great festival, offering sacrifices and praising their god, Dagon. They said, “Our god has given us victory over our enemy Samson!”   Half drunk by now, the people demanded, “Bring out Samson so he can amuse us!” So he was brought from the prison to amuse them, and they had him stand between the pillars supporting the roof.

While Samson was being brought out, he said to the young servant who was leading him by the hand, “Place my hands against the pillars that hold up the temple. I want to rest against them.”  Now the temple was completely filled with people. All the Philistine rulers were there, and there were about 3,000 men and women on the roof who were watching as Samson amused them. 

Samson was not the same old Samson.   Rather than relying on himself, he trusted God.  He first prayed to God, “Sovereign LORD, remember me again. O God, please strengthen me just one more time. With one blow let me pay back the Philistines.”  Then Samson put his hands on the two center pillars that held up the temple. Pushing against them with both hands,  he prayed, “Let me die with the Philistines.” And the temple crashed down on the Philistine rulers and all the people. So he killed more people when he died than he had during his entire lifetime.    

God was faithful to Samson.  God did not let Samson alone especially when he completely failed and was in a miserable situation.   The same God was there with Samson whether he had his great strength with long hair or he was weak and vulnerable turning the huge millstone.   For God, Samson was the same Samson whom God loved because Samson was one of God’s people.  God always leads His people through the paths of righteousness as He did to Samson. Praise God!  He is faithful.   He has no rotating shadow, not like us.  Therefore, we can lean on him regardless of our situation in life.  Give thanks to God, who always watches over us with His unfathomable love.  Praise Him!  His name will be praised always from now and forever.

The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure.  (1 Corinthians 10:13)

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Doing Good, Disaster, and Faithful Prayer before God

Good morning!

Greetings in the name of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. (Galatians 6:9)

Doing good for God is not so easy on earth.  It requires our faith, time and effort to do good.  As doing good, we also expect good things in life.  We often find this is not true while realizing that our world is not truly compatible with our expectation.  Then our question becomes what we should do in this case.   Of course, the first thing we need to do is to find an answer in Bible.  Here is King Hezekiah, who was a faithful and humble king to God.

When He was twenty-five years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem twenty-nine years.   He did what was pleasing in the Lord’s sight, just as his ancestor David had done.   Yes, he did good before God.  He removed the pagan shrines, smashed the sacred pillars, and cut down the Asherah poles.  He even broke up the bronze serpent that Moses had made, because the people of Israel had been offering sacrifices to it.   Thus, he eliminated all kinds of idols in his kingdom.   He faithfully kept God’s first commandment:   No other gods before me. 

Not only kept he God’s commandments, he also trusted in the LORD, the God of Israel.   He was so faithful.  The Bible tells “There was no one like him among all the kings of Judah, either before or after his time.” (2 Kings 18:5b)  He remained faithful to the Lord in everything, and he carefully obeyed all the commands the Lord had given Moses.  So the Lord was with him, and Hezekiah was successful in everything he did.   Everything was good.   He also expanded his kingdom by conquering the Philistines, his kingdom’s archenemy, as far distant as Gaza and its territory, from their smallest outpost to their largest walled city.

To the faithful king, something unexpected came.   One day, in the fourteenth year of King Hezekiah’s reign, King Sennacherib of Assyria came to attack the fortified towns of Judah and conquered them.  Hezekiah had to give all silver and gold that he had to prevent further invasion.   Even so, the Assyrians was not satisfied.   The Assyrians sent a threatening message to Hezekiah.   The message even included a justification of their invasion in the name of God while saying “What’s more, do you think we have invaded your land without the Lord’s direction? The Lord himself told us, ‘Attack this land and destroy it!’ (2 King 18:25).   The message included the mockery of the very faith of King Hezekiah to God.

The Assyrians did not stop there.  The Assyrian king’s chief of officer stood, and shouted in Hebrew to the people on the wall, “Listen to this message from the great king of Assyria!  This is what the king says: Don’t let Hezekiah deceive you. He will never be able to rescue you from my power. Don’t let him fool you into trusting in the Lord by saying, ‘The Lord will surely rescue us. This city will never fall into the hands of the Assyrian king!’ “   The Assyrian staff stirred up the minds of the people, although King Hezekiah’s staff asked “Please speak to us in Aramaic, for we understand it well. Don’t speak in Hebrew, for the people on the wall will hear.”

When King Hezekiah heard their report, he tore his clothes and put on sackcloth and went into the Temple of the Lord.   He also delivered his faithful message to his people against the threatening and blaspheming message shouted by the Assyrian king’s officer.   Isaiah, the God’s prophet, delivered to King Hezekiah a message of God -- His deliverance and the eventual defeat of the Assyrian army and the death of the Assyrian king invading Judah.   What a comforting message to King Hezekiah!  

However, the situation was not changed.   It became even worse.   King Sennacherib, the Assyrian king, personally sent a message to King Hezekiah:   

“This message is for King Hezekiah of Judah. Don’t let your God, in whom you trust, deceive you with promises that Jerusalem will not be captured by the king of Assyria. You know perfectly well what the kings of Assyria have done wherever they have gone. They have completely destroyed everyone who stood in their way! Why should you be any different? Have the gods of other nations rescued them—such nations as Gozan, Haran, Rezeph, and the people of Eden who were in Tel-assar? My predecessors destroyed them all!  What happened to the king of Hamath and the king of Arpad? What happened to the kings of Sepharvaim, Hena, and Ivvah?”  (2 Kings 19:10-3)

The Sennacherib’s message was even more threatening.   It was not an empty threat.  What was told in the message was true.  Other countries and their gods fell before Assyrian’s kings.   If you were king Hezekiah, what would be your reaction?   Here is what King Hezekiah did.

After Hezekiah received the letter from the messengers and read it, he went up to the Lord’s Temple and spread it out before the Lord.  And Hezekiah prayed this prayer before the Lord: “O Lord, God of Israel, you are enthroned between the mighty cherubim! You alone are God of all the kingdoms of the earth. You alone created the heavens and the earth.  Bend down, O Lord, and listen! Open your eyes, O Lord, and see! Listen to Sennacherib’s words of defiance against the living God.

“It is true, Lord, that the kings of Assyria have destroyed all these nations.  And they have thrown the gods of these nations into the fire and burned them. But of course the Assyrians could destroy them! They were not gods at all—only idols of wood and stone shaped by human hands.  Now, O Lord our God, rescue us from his power; then all the kingdoms of the earth will know that you alone, O Lord, are God.”  (2 Kings 19:15b-19)

Let’s see what King Hezekiah did.   He went up to the Lord’s Temple and spread it out before the Lord, and prayed.   Yes, he prayed humbly, earnestly and faithfully.    He listed out the facts that he knew, and his personal fear.  Then he professed his absolute faith in God, the One and Only One True God, who was not like other gods destroyed by Assyrian kings, because they were not gods at all—only idols of wood and stone shaped by human hands.

King Hezekiah’s earnest and faithful prayer was heard by God.   God sent His servant, Isaiah, the prophet, and gave His answer to King Hezekiah.   And that night the angel of the Lord went out to the Assyrian camp and killed 185,000 Assyrian soldiers.   The surviving Assyrians and King Sennacherib of Assyria broke camp and returned to his own land.   After his arrival to his capital of Nineveh, and stayed there.   One day while he was worshiping in the temple of his god Nisroch, his own sons killed him with their sword.   The Assyrian king threatened died as prophesized as the God’s message answered through Isaiah, God’s prophet.

God is not deaf to our prayers as He did to King Hezekiah.   God hears our earnest and faithful prayer as He did to King Hezekiah.   Doing good before God is an evidence of existence of our faith in our heart, but our prayer in time of unexpected trial and hardship is a crucial proof of our faith.   Thus, we don’t losing our heart.   We continue pray and never give up.   God never loses one word of our prayers, and we will find God through and in our prayers, because He is always with us.   Praise the Lord, who loves to hear our prayers and answers our every prayer according to His Infinitely Good Will!   God is our True and Ever-Loving Father.   Praise His Name!

Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will hear you. 13You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart. (Jeremiah 29:12-13)

Sunday, March 5, 2017

We are the Salt of the Earth and the Peacemakers in Christ.

Good morning!

Greetings in the name of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

“Salt is good, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? (Luke 14:34)

When Jesus saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainside and sat down. His disciples came to him, and he began to teach them.   The first teaching was The Beatitudes, which is the greatest sermon:

“Blessed are the poor in spirit,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are those who mourn,
for they will be comforted.
Blessed are the meek,
for they will inherit the earth.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
for they will be filled.
Blessed are the merciful,
for they will be shown mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart,
for they will see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they will be called children of God.
Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
“Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me.  Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.   (Matthew 5:3-12)

Jesus’s first Beatitudes sermon always touches the hearts of believers and even non-believers.    Those who are poor in spirit and mourn will be comforted, and they will inherit the kingdom of God because their hearts are poor and open for His kingdom, where God’s mercy overflows.  Those who are thirst for righteousness will be filled because God is always gracious and with them.  God stands right next to them with an open mighty and loving arm.   God watches over them because God is righteous.   Jesus continued:

 “You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people's feet.

“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden.  Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house.  In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.  (Matthew 5:13-16)

Right after the Beatitudes sermon filled with supreme blessings to those who gathered around Jesus, Jesus told them to be salt and light.   First, who were the people gathered on the mountain side listening to Jesus?   Jesus was at His early ministry.  Even so, a large group of people came out to see and hear from Jesus.    They were hungry and thirsty for righteousness, searching for comfort, peace and God’s righteousness while escaping from their daily lives in bondage of oppression and injustice under Roman occupation.  For them, Jesus’ comforting message was an oasis from which they could drink comfort and peace. Jesus poured His love, mercy and blessings, and they were soaked with the mercy and blessings.  Their hearts were filled and their souls were satisfied.  

Then Jesus told them “you are the salt of the earth and the light of the world.”  Although on earth, they were suffering and in great need of comfort.  Jesus also pointed out what meant to be the light of the world: doing good deeds.   Their good deeds shined out for all to see, so that everyone would praise God, our heavenly Father.   Then God put in a plain view so that more people could see their good deeds and praise God.  Praise the Lord, who uses those who are weak, meek and poor in spirit to glorify His Name.

Jesus also told people to be the salt of the earth.   At that time, salt was perceived differently.  Not like our current days, salt was quite precious because it was relatively harder to get than today.   It was almost treated like money.    Of course, the main function of salt was adding a good flavor to food.  It also used to preserve food.  Although salt was much more precious than now, if it loses its saltiness, it became useless.

It is of no use either for the soil or for the manure pile. It is thrown away. He who has ears to hear, let him hear.”   (Luke 14:35)

In fact, salt without saltiness cannot be used for food or preserving food.  Even it cannot be used as either soil or manure.  In fact, dirt is more valuable than such salt.   Nothing can grow on salt.   Then it will be thrown out and trampled under people’s feet as Bible says. 

What’s the meaning of losing its saltiness in the spiritual domain?   Spiritual saltiness preserves us -- keeping us from sinning and protecting sins of the world.   Additionally, as salt melts away and loses its shape while adding flavor to food, being the salt of the earth also leads us to the same process in the spiritual domain.  As the salt of Christ, we lose our own self (especially our old self), and need to be completely dissolved into the people around us.

Let’s look at Jesus.   He gave Himself to save us when we were sinners and against Him.   This is the greatest example of saltiness given to us.   He was beaten and perished like salt melting away for us.   Thus, through his sacrifice, our sins are forgiven, and our broken relationship with God is restored.  We are again in peace with God, our Eternal Father.  This is the ultimate saltiness of Jesus Christ.  

Salt is good, but if the salt has lost its saltiness, how will you make it salty again? Have salt in yourselves, and be at peace with one another.”  (Mark 9:50)

Although we might be able to give our own life for others, like Jesus, we can humbly dissolve ourselves for others to care and serve them in the love of Jesus Christ.  Through this, we will restore them in the love of Jesus.   Our saltiness brings peace of Jesus Christ, while expanding His kingdom on earth.   Our saltiness makes us be called children of God.   The name of our God, the Ever-Loving Father will be glorified.  Praise the Lord!   Although we cannot be the salt of the earth by own might, through the blood and the love of Jesus, we can be transformed to the salt of the earth.   Give thanks to God for He is Our Ever-Lasting and Ever-Loving Father!

Let us therefore make every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification.  (Romans 14:19)