I tasted the cookie dough. Yeah, yeah, I know, raw eggs. Salmonella risk be cursed. It melted in my mouth like a bit of sweet bliss. The sugars were balanced perfectly with buttery goodness and the chocolate chips still “crunched”. Oh, but something was off. Hmm, what was it? The sea salt. Yes! That teaspoon made an enormous difference in the melding of flavors and balance of sweet and salty.
You see, salt is meant for a purpose. In its simplicity, it adds a depth of flavor unmatched by other spices. The absence or overuse of it can render a dish unpalatable.
Recently, I learned that another person I know has walked away from faith, no, not just walked away, but become an apostate- an outspoken zealot for making a case against God. This makes 4 people in the past 5 years. It just doesn’t gel in my mind. I am left questioning: how could the faith that once seemed evident and thriving in these “friends” now be replaced with a fist raised towards God? I am affronted; left with a mixture of pity and disbelief.
The offense gives way to pity for those who have left the path of faith to follow the great deceiver- Satan- who has sought and devoured yet another person whose disingenuous belief crumbled under the weight of the cares of this world or even disillusionment with God Himself.
Then, almost in the same moment, I am drawn to my knees in abject humility: mindful of my own lukewarm faith, my own lack of zeal, my own fickle heart and emotions.
Jesus said in Matthew 5:13:
“You are the salt of the earth. But suppose the salt loses its saltiness. How can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything. It will be thrown out. People will walk all over it.”
And again in Revelation 3, He says to the church of Laodicea:
“I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! So because you are lukewarm- neither hot nor cold- I am about to spit you out of my mouth.”
It’s like my saltless cookie dough: it may be good, but it lacks balance. Its blandness renders it useless as a dessert. Or it’s like taking a drink to refresh a parched mouth, but the water, which is meant to be cool and quenching is lukewarm and unpleasant.
Have you become a saltless, lukewarm Christ follower? Have you lost your spiritual fervor, your first love? My own fervor wanes, but hearing of this apostasy has caused me to realize that my faith takes work. It is a continual, deliberate, concerted effort to not lose my first love, to not allow “life” to wash out the flavor of Jesus in my actions and words.
Just like salt must be preserved to retain its flavor, so we must be persevering in our faith, moving forward, not becoming lukewarm. Because we are easily distracted, often too busy or perhaps covertly deceived by our own wandering minds, it means we have to PASSIONATELY pursue spiritual things to love God first and best.