Well Seasoned in the Word
By Cathy Irvin
- As the world grows darker in sin, we must find time to
trim our wicks and get filled up so that we have plenty of oil
in our lamps. We should never let our flames grow dim. We are
to be the light to the world and salt to the earth, but have we
lost our flavor? If we are well seasoned in the Word and we maintain
our prayer life, we should be making an obvious difference.
It takes soaking up the Word of God daily so that what comes
forth from our lips is a sweet savor, an encouraging word to the
hearer. It is so easy to become dull and bland without those times
of refreshing in God’s presence. Nobody likes plain ole,
plain ole anything.
Even a good steak many times needs some seasoning salt, a little
garlic, butter, or steak sauce while it is marinating on the grill.
The flavor of the meat is greatly enhanced -- and so it is with
us. When our lives reflect Christ, it will be evident that after
we have spent time with Him, we more and more will manifest His
glory. The light will shine brightly for all to see.
People need to see Christ in us, the hope of glory, for them
to want Him. Who wants what we have if we are not positive, and
not full of joy and peace? I hear some Christians who always speak
negatively. They are worrying all the time, and they are sad and
gloomy. I think they must be lacking in some quality Bible study
time, prayer, and church fellowship. We want those who do not
know Him to say, “I know there is something different about
you” or ask, “Why are you so happy?” Wouldn’t
it be wonderful to hear them say, “I want whatever it is
that you have”?
I remember that I said those very words more than 29 years ago.
I gave my heart to the Lord while watching The 700 Club.
I went to visit a local church. The people there were singing
and clapping, and some even danced in the aisle to the songs.
I was overwhelmed. I had always attended a very traditional church
while growing up, and I felt no enthusiasm or joy in it at all.
I recall listening to the message intently; I had blocked out
everything and had focused intently on the preacher as he spoke.
I sat on the edge of my seat like I was at a long-awaited concert.
At the close of the service, I remember a lady asking me if I
wanted to receive the Baptism of the Holy Spirit. I didn’t
even know what she was talking about, but I said, “Whatever
you people have, I want it!” I was gloriously filled that
very evening and spoke in tongues. My life was changed forever,
and I have felt the joy ever since.
We can share the things we have learned by being salt and light
with other believers so that they can enjoy their Christian walk
and be better witnesses. It is important to remember that we are
not offering a “religion” to anyone. We are telling
them about a relationship with a loving, living Savior who can
transform their lives and not only give them the gift of eternal
life, but also the abundant life while here on planet earth. Jesus
wants to add some seasoning to their bland life.
Got your lamps filled with oil? Follow me! Let’s shine
our lights and pour out some salt on those who need to taste and
see that the Lord is good.
Oh, taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the
man who trusts in Him (Psalm 34:8, NKJV)!
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