Reading from the Message Bible this week:
"Let me tell you why you are here. You're here to be salt-seasoning that brings out the God-flavors of this earth. If you lose your saltiness, how will people taste godliness? You've lost your usefulness and will end up in the garbage. Matthew 5:13 (The Message)
Oh Boy!I feel this week's thought is a good, but harsh word. This week's verse of scripture tells us WHY we're here on this orb we call Earth. Jesus is answering that age old question, "WHY ARE WE HERE?" We do this by first loving God and Loving EACH OTHER AS HE HAS LOVED US. (THE anthem for the Pocket of People Assembly is sung by the Gaithers Vocal Group entitled: Loving GOD, Loving Each Other."
LOVE is the salt seasoning that brings out the GOD-FLAVORS of the Earth! LOVE is the core nature of GOD; it's that nature created in us and now pursues us. It is that NATURE that GOD wants us to show the world! My, My, My!
Sooo that is the GOOD NEWS. We are told WHY we are here and WHAT we are to do. So what is the harsh or bad news? If we don't do this we lose our usefulness. We lose our purpose and we will be thrown out with the garbage. Like I said, this is harsh, but it is there clear as day--if we don't fulfill our purpose we are useless and we will end up in the GARBAGE. My,My,My!! That's not Guss Imperio speaking, that's straight from the MESSAGE BIBLE.
Now I know that no one wants to end up in the GARBAGE. Let me suggest that we embrace the answer to the age-old question of WHY AM I HERE?, and be that salt-seasoning (LOVE) to the world around us. Let's bring out the GOD-FLAVORS of this Earth! Let's reflect GOD'S LOVE for ALL people and HIS desire for intimate personal relationship with each and every one of us.
LET'S LOVE GOD AND LOVE EACH OTHER AS HE FIRST LOVE US!
Loving GOD, Loving Each Other, Making Music with My Friends!
David Guss Imperio