We seem to believe in spiritual osmosis.
That preaching and teaching about Him are enough.
“Spirituality will just rub off on you.”
The disastrous state of the church proves no such osmosis.
Our salt has been trodden on by men, our light hidden under clay pots.
Osmosis is seen in sermon selection.
Selecting them like slices of beef.
A slice of patience.
Another of love.
Two months of sermons can be shaken from the nine fruit of the Spirit.
“I’ll do a series on John, so our church’s direction is set for two years.”
Is God’s leading so overrated that such series exist, which do not require Him?
After all, a pastor’s resource books shed enough light.
And, there’s always principles and precepts to fuel the weekly obligation, after that.
Business as usual.
Such indistinct messages add to the salt in the street.
Because they’re not linked to Him.
Where is the continuity of building an ever deeper relationship in Him?
The introduction to Jesus was the correct beginning.
But we didn’t know what to say after that. We didn’t see whom we had become in Him.
We couldn’t show them what we didn’t ourselves possess.
There was no show and tell of His mighty, internal work.
Where do you want this load of salt?
Just dump it anywhere on the street.
“(7) Those things that were gain to me, I count as loss for Christ. (8) Yes doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them but dung, that I may win Christ, (9) and be found in Him, not having my own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through Christ’s faith, the righteousness which is of God by faith: (10) that I may know Him, and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death;” Philippians 3:7-10
“He [Jesus] warned, “You pore over the Scriptures because you think you have eternal life in them, yet they testify about Me. And you are not willing to come to Me so that you may have life. (John 5:39-40)” The Jews were looking for things, and today we are no different, searching the Scriptures for principles and precepts. Things neither perfect nor satisfy us. An exalted, indwelling Christ does.” Source