Title: THE-PILLAR-OF-SALT CHRISTIAN
And it came to pass, when they had brought them forth abroad, that he said, Escape for thy life; look not behind thee, neither stay thou in all the plain; escape to the mountain, lest thou be consumed. But his wife looked back from behind him, and she became a pillar of saltGenesis 19:17, 26
It is a very sad thing for a child of God to become a pillar of salt. Yes, we are to be salts in the earth but not pillars. When does a Christian actually become a pillar of salt? What are the telling features of this dilemma? There is nothing good about turning into a pillar of salt when God wants us to become seasoning salt spreading abroad and giving sweetness to lives everywhere.
(Matt. 5:13a, 2 Corinthians 2:14)
A pillar of salt is still a salt. From it, every one expects taste and sweetness because it is a salt. Yet, its sweetness is only known and seen by itself. It bears the name salt but when needed for use, it falls short of its name. As such, it is said to have “lost” its taste and is of profit to no one. Hence, it is useless and only fit to be thrown away. What is the use of a mould of salt whose value (ability to give sweetness to all who taste it) is lost? What’s the use of a salt that nobody can or wants to have?
Matthew 5:13, Mark 9:50
The pillar-of-salt Christian is the Christian whose saltiness is only to himself. He is the only one who sees himself as good. He is the only one who applauds himself. No good works or goodness is going out of them to others, at least not anymore. Therefore, even the Kingdom can’t trust them again or use them again. You might just be right to say that they are the backslidden/backsliding believers.
The tragedy about this is seen in Matt. 5:13 and Mark 9:50. It is a well known and acceptable fact that salt can sweeten. You can add taste to your dish simply by salting it. And when you use something else to try to sweeten the meal, the taste can not be called salty because it is not a salt. When you don’t salt it at all, you have no “salt taste” to expect. Salt is that good. It gives a unique taste and preserves meal.
But, there is a down side to this “goodness” of the salt. Imagine, a tasteless salt. Imagine having to make salt sweet. That’s impossible. Salt is not “sweet”. Salt is salt. Sugar is sweet. Salt is salt. If you add sugar to a tasteless salt, it becomes sugary. Add something else and it becomes that thing by taste.
You might use honey as a substitute for sugar. You can use sugarcane(juice) to meet the need when sugar itself is wanting. But, there is nothing (as far as I know) that can be used to sweeten or “salt” salt. Thus, a saltless salt is only good to be thrown into the fire and/or disposed of. The Bible didn’t say we are sugar. It says we are salt. God doesn’t mix His words.
What causes a man to become a pillar of salt? Why?
WHEN HE LOOKS BACK!
Remember Lot’s wife? Right, she looked back. When believers start looking back, they become pillars of salt. When believers keep looking ahead, they become pillars (of light) in the Kingdom.
When does a Christian come to the point where it is right to say that he or she is looking back?
When they start admiring and coveting the place where the flesh or satan had them more than where the Spirit had placed them or is taking them to, they become pillars of salt, they become useless and ineffective.
When you focus on a thing, you get drawn towards it. If you see only the past, you may be fully present, but you will be living in that past because it will be more real to you than the realistic present. A person cannot be fully part of or effective in the present if they are still living in the past.
If/When you focus and admire where/who you were more than where/who you are now, three things may happen:
- You’ll start trying to turn now into then or more, thus making demand on the present which can only be found in the past.
- If you can’t turn the present into the past, you’ll find yourself trying to go back into it (turning yourself into what you were or more)
- You may never recognize any good in the present even if it stares you in the face because you desire more.
These three things listed above apply to both good and bad aspects of life. Either one, two or all of them can manifest when a man doesn’t quit looking back and pressing on higher. This Christian will not make progress. They’ll be stagnant.
What are the things a believer can be found looking back at?
- Looking back to your failures and limitations
- Looking back to the world and to compare where you’ve been with where you are now
- Looking back to the ”good old days” and never striving for anything new NOW.
It is high time you ask yourself for a moment, am I a tasty salt or have I lost my taste?
Declare this: I have value in the name of Jesus. I am not without taste or effect. I am a salt. I am a bright shining light. I refuse to be without effect today and always. I am spreading good everywhere I go everyday, in the name of Jesus. I refuse to live in the past. I carry life in me. I have hope in me. I have light in me. I am a somebody and I am happening everyday. Glory to God!