October 25, 2015

Good For Nothing Christians – Don R. Patton

Posted in Uncategorized at 6:00 am by sranderson0103

Some lessons are difficult to communicate, especially lessons that tell people what they do not want to hear. Jesus often used parables to teach these unwelcome truths.

One such lesson 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 tragically disappointed at the judgment. Consider how many different ways Jesus tried to communicate this terribly unpleasant reality.

Salt That Has Lost Its Flavor

“You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt has become tasteless, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled under foot by men.” (Matthew 5:13)

The seasoning quality of salt may be lost due to dilution or impurities. When it does it is worthless. Salt is a preservative. If it loses that ability it loses it’s value. Some Christians are considered  good people, but as Jesus says of useless salt, they are “good for nothing.”

A Light Under A Basket

“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden; nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. “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.” (Matthew 5:14-16)

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 it’s 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.

The Apostle Paul also expressed our responsibility in terms of light and darkness.

“for you were formerly  darkness, but now you are Light in the Lord; walk as  children of Light (for  the fruit of the Light consists in all  goodness and righteousness and truth), trying to learn what is pleasing to the Lord. Do not participate in the unfruitful deeds of darkness, but instead even expose them; for it is disgraceful even to speak of the things which are done by them in secret. But all things become visible when they are exposed by the light, for everything that becomes visible is light.” (Eph. 5:8-13)

Soil, Trees, Branches, That Do Not Produce Fruit

“So every good tree bears good fruit… . “Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.” (Matthew 7:17, 19)

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.” (John 15:2, 8)

Fruit trees that produce no fruit take up space and waste nutrients. Judge Jesus says they are to be burned. Good fruit trees are marvelously productive. Jesus says this is the way we glorify the Father, the way we prove to be His disciples. Are you glorifying the Father? Can Jesus see what He considers proof that you are a disciple? Does it really matter? Jesus says the answer to these questions will determine whether or not you are to be burned.

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