July 3, 2011

Good For Nothing Christians – Don Patton

Posted in Uncategorized at 6:00 am by sranderson0103

Some lessons are difficult to communicate, especially lessons that tell people things they do not want to hear. Jesus often used parables to teach these unwelcome truths. The point would be missed by those not interested enough to search and ponder. Those who did would be rewarded with clearer insights. Jesus explained this approach as He sat in a boat, speaking to those who gathered on the shore of the Sea of Galilee.

Matthew 13.

10 And the disciples came and said to Him, “Why do You speak to them in parables?” 11 Jesus answered them, “To you it has been granted to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been granted. 12 “ For whoever has, to him more shall be given, and he will have an abundance; but whoever does not have, even what he has shall be taken away from him. 13 “Therefore I speak to them in parables; because while seeing they do not see, and while hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand.

One of these difficult lessons that Jesus expressed in parables involves the responsibility of the child of God to work, to be profitable to the master. It has been observed by many that the majority of the work done by the Lord’s church is accomplished by about ten percent of the people. Again and again the Lord taught that the majority who sit and watch the few do the work will be terribly disappointed at the judgment. Consider how many different ways Jesus tried to communicate this terribly unpleasant reality.

 Salt That Has Lost Its Flavor

Matthew 5

13 “You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men.

The seasoning quality of salt may be lost due to impurities. When it does it is worthless. Salt is a preservative. If it loses that ability it is of no value. Some that are good people, but as Jesus says of useless salt, they are “good for nothing.”

Being trampled underfoot is not a pleasant picture. Our minds tend to pass over it, but think about it. Jesus is teaching those willing to think, that this is serious.

 A Light Under A Basket

Matthew 5

14 “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden; 15 nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on the lamp-stand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. 16 “Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.

Light dispels darkness. It reveals the good and safe way to walk, while at the same time exposing dangers. Light, when it is covered up, is still light but it doesn’t do its job. Christians live in a world of darkness, but by word and deed we should show the good and expose the evil. If we fail to accomplish this, we are good for nothing (Eph. 5:8-13).

Soil, Trees, Branches, That Do Not Produce Fruit

Matthew 7

17 “So every good tree bears good fruit… 19 “Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.”

John 15

2 “Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit, He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit, He prunes it so that it may bear more fruit…. 8 “My Father is glorified by this, that you bear much fruit, and so prove to be My disciples.

Fruit trees that produce no fruit just take up space and waste nutrients. Jesus says they are to be burned. Good fruit trees are wonderfully productive. They provide a revealing picture of faithful Christians. Jesus teaches that by bearing we glorify the Father, we prove to be His disciples.

Are you glorifying the Father? Are you really a disciple?

Think about it. Jesus says the answer to these questions will determine whether or not you will be burned.

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