Everyone Will Be Seasoned With Fire

Sep
2011
04

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“If your hand causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter into life maimed, rather than having two hands, to go to hell. And if your foot causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life lame, rather than having two feet, to be cast into hell”. And if your eye causes you to sin, pluck it out. It is better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye, rather than having two eyes, to be cast into hell fire. For everyone will be seasoned with fire, and every sacrifice will be seasoned with salt”. Mark 9:43-49
Being single is challenging. Physical and moral purity is a tall order indeed, but I believe God is serious about it. This passage of Scripture describes a scene where Jesus sat His disciples down and explained His idea of purity to them in very graphic terms that were hard for them to hear. These things are hard for us to hear as well. Was Jesus suggesting that we remove our body parts? Well, no…
Jesus wasn’t suggesting we remove our own body parts, but for us to disregard these words of Jesus as overdone or macabre isn’t okay either.  We must understand the seriousness of Jesus’ call for us to be disciplined and mature disciples.  God knows that being single can be lonely and difficult. God knows that our fleshly appetites call to us every hour of the day, to compromise the things we’ve determined to do, and God gives us grace and forgiveness when we fail. But I believe maturity requires that we not continue to fail in the same areas time after time after time, because we were called to be living sacrifices, “For everyone will be seasoned with fire, and every sacrifice will be seasoned with salt”. (I also know that many of us are extremely weary of our personal “seasons of fire”, and we wonder when others will get their turn on the spit, but God is good and patient with everyone and we can be thankful that He is).

No matter what might happen in the life of anyone else, we were called to lay our lives on the altar as mature believers for the simple use and pleasure of the Lord, and when we do that God blesses us as His own children. But the fact remains that we will be seasoned with fire, and God will discipline us as he sees fit. And I believe God’s expectation is that we will respond to His loving discipline favorably, and we’ll allow the sacrifice of our lives to be seasoned with the salt of usefulness for His eternal purpose…

Do you remember that one time when you said, “Jesus, I give you my life?”. Well, at that very moment, you made a deal with God, and God signed off on the deal… And God has been working in your life with grace and forgiveness; with discipline and circumstances; and with engagements and encounters ever since that day. You really wouldn’t want it any other way, would you? Even though your season of fire might be uncomfortable, don’t you really want a God who is persistent in discipline and purpose with the ones He loves?
That’s my opinion, I’d love to hear yours…

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