It has been quite a while since I wrote a bulletin letter and as I’m writing this I’m very excited to be sharing with you again.
This week’s Gospel reading is Mark 9:38-50. I would like us to reflect on Jesus words in the last two verses:
For everyone will be salted with fire. Salt is good; but if salt has lost its saltiness, how can you season it? Have salt in yourselves, and be at peace with one another.
Challenging words! Jesus does not say “maybe you’ll be salted” or “some of you will be salted”, no, He says “everyone will be salted” and that with fire. So if you are going through difficulties and challenges and things feel like they are painful remember that this is something God can use to bring about a change within us.
Our main responsibility in this process is not to fix the situation or make the problem go away; our main focus should be to allow God to use this circumstance to bring a refining work in us so that we come through it salted.
Being salted means being more like the person God created us to be, to be more like Jesus. It is not only the external “fire” that brings about a refinement and purification in your life. There is an internal fire that we must all yield to. The fire of the Holy Spirit changes refines and transforms us on the inside so that we can truly be salt in the world.
We don’t have too much choice in which circumstances come our way, but we always have a choice in how we respond to those circumstances. I therefore want to encourage you, that when you go through the fire, that you allow the Holy Spirit to work in you and in your circumstances in such a way that you are moulded and shaped into the person that Jesus saved you to be.
Have salt in yourselves!