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COME ON, LICK ME – Dec. 1st

December 1, 2012

“Salt is good, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is of no use either for the soil or for the manure pile.” Luke 14:34-35

I live in cattle country. In cattle country, you can drive from one destination to another, passing pastures and corrals filled with cattle. There is a commonality between the enclosures that is easy to overlook. It is a tiny little block that looks of no consequence but is very important. It is called a salt lick.

A salt lick contains all the essential minerals that a healthy bovine needs, compressed into one rock-like block. Cattle that are deprived of these essential minerals will suffer all sorts of health problems and can even die. A good cattleman will avert all of those negative consequences with the use of a salt lick.  All that has to be done is to drop one of these blocks inside the pasture and let the cattle do the rest. They are instinctively drawn to this strange block and will start licking to their hearts content. After a season, cattle will turn a salt lick into a respectable modern art sculpture. However, there are two things necessary for the creation of this art form – saltiness and proximity.Salt lick

A salt lick that is not salty will be neglected to dissolve in the weather. Cattle will not be drawn to it since there is nothing that differentiates that rock-like block from a rock. A salt-less salt lick is of no use.

The other necessity of a salt lick is accessibility. A salt lick has to be within tongue length. It has to be close enough to be licked. There is no other way for those essential minerals to get from block to animal but through the contact of a long abrasive tongue. Therefore, the salt lick has to be in the same enclosure as the animal. Otherwise, the salt lick cannot serve its purpose. A negligent salt block is easy to spot. It retains its pristine geometric shape, which betrays that it is of no use.

It is not an illustration that my pride appreciates but we are God’s salt licks in this world. We are the essential salt that this world needs.  Just like a real salt lick, we need to meet the two essential characteristics of an effective salt lick – saltiness and proximity.

It is our saltiness that differentiates us from the world around us. So often, we try to fit into this world. The fact that people can tell that there is something different about a Christian is evidence of saltiness. It is the Spirit that makes us salt. One has to question what is going on, if you can just blend in.  There should be some salt to your life. Our saltiness is at the essence of God being able to use us for his purpose.  We have no use unless we are salty.

The other characteristic of a good salt lick is that you are close enough to be tasted. That requires allowing people, who desperately need Christ, to get close enough to you to sense that there is something different about you.  We Christians are very good at building morally pristine hedgerows around our lives that protect us from the world. We can have these pristine facades that the world thinks are fine examples of our piousness.  All the while, that facade is a testament to our uselessness.

Refusing to interact with the world outside our Church walls is like placing a salt lick in an abandoned pasture.  You will never be of any use unless you allow those who need your saltiness to get close to you.  The downside is that it may get a little unsanitary.  It may be a little abrasive. You might get a little dirty. It may be a little out of control and you might be formed into something that you had not anticpated.

large_cowtongueHowever, consider what you are doing. You are the mechanism that God is using to provide what is necessary to save another person’s life. That is an amazing work to be used in. That is worth all the unsavory aspects of getting licked. We need to realize that as we are being useful to God, He is creating a work of art out of us.

Are you ready to be licked or are you content with being useless?

PRAYER: Lord, Thank you for changing me into new person.  Thank you for freeing me from my bondage to sin. Thank you for making me salt.  Forgive me for all of those times when I have shunned the very people that you have drawn to me. Lord, continue your work in me – help me to see people as you do. Amen

One comment

  1. Awesome website, thanks for sharing !!



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