He likes me salty… Sweet and spicy… Hot and icy… with a waterfire blazing at the edge of earth where Heaven converges… and hearts merge. Bring His Kingdom into your world. Submerged in holy downpours of volcanic eruptions where the newness comes to life after the garden births again. Revitalize… exfoliate… immortalize… rejuvenate. It takes a higher substance to enact the metamorphosis of light. Jesus’ substance. The flavor of Zion. Tastes of Heaven.
Jesus wants you to taste good…
Jesus said “You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people’s feet.”
zest on my soul
on my tongue
on my heart
when I taste you
I feel Heaven
all around me
What do you taste like?
Jesus wants to taste you…
Don’t lose your saltiness.
Don’t lose your boldness.
Don’t lose your edge.
Don’t lose your ferocity.
God needs your taste to change the world around you that lost its flavor at the genesis of the fall of man. The earth starting decaying from it… eroding from it… expiring from it… but you preserve it! With the saltiness of your soul… dipped in love like wine flowing.
What makes you salty?
Shining with light?
You discover your uniqueness and it’s correlating power when you make Jesus your King and let Him awaken you.
Remember you step into every space and take the flavor from bland to savory. Because you belong to the Lord… and He flavors you with His best spices and anointing so that others will see Him in you in a distinct way. A different way. An illustrious way. It’s your offering.
In Exodus 25 Moses instructed the Israelites to bring their offerings into the tabernacle as it was being built…
“Olive oil for the light; spices for the anointing oil and for the fragrant incense.” Exodus 25:6
Your zest is an offering unto the Lord!
Your goodness is an offering unto the Lord!
Your love is an offering unto the Lord!
Your courage is an offering unto the Lord!
Everything about you is a gift to God and the world.
Whatever fruits of the spirit and unique qualities God adorned you with for His Kingdom through your personality… you honor the Lord when you live out those qualities freely and be who God made you to be.
Your offering enlivens His tabernacle.
Where He resides inside of you zealously… passionately.
“His cheeks are like beds of spice yielding perfume. His lips are like lilies dripping with myrrh.” 🥰 Song of Solomon 5:13
Jesus is spicy… salty… savory… Never backing away from bravery in the moment of battle.
He’s more than you think He is… He’s not restrictive or bland like the way the world makes Him out to be… so don’t tone down who He made you to be… just let your personhood align with the fruits of His Spirit and His kingdom will benefit from the unique qualities you bring to it. His character is who we aspire to.
“Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.” Ephesians 5:1-2
Everything God mandates is good… but everything the world mandates is a death-sentence. God created you for freedom and a overflowing life of abundance. Persecutions will come but it only strengthens you into a better person along the way and matures you into someone who can enjoy the blessings in fullest of measure and taste.
“So Jesus answered and said, “Assuredly, I say to you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife or children or lands, for My sake and the gospel’s, who shall not receive a hundredfold now in this time—houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and lands, with persecutions—and in the age to come, eternal life.”
Jesus reassures his disciples that blessing follows the one who follows Him. Relentlessly… entrusting the unknowns to Him. Saying yes to Him no matter what it looks like. Because God sees what we cannot see and He aligns everything for us and we experience His blessing when we give into that. Let Him be God. And partner with Him in that journey.
Jesus points out that blessings find us both “in this life and the life to come” in Heaven. No need to fear if God will relent from giving His best. He said He would and He does. So you can experience joy in the obstacles along the way because its producing the promises of God. Labor pains give birth to delight… let God have His way and lead you into His best for you. By saying yes to Him at every turn.
Saltiness also means speaking up when it contradicts the cultural norms and patterns of living.
“Because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.” Romans 10:9
Speak about Jesus…
There’s so much power that comes from this.
We preserve a fallen culture when we speak the words of Christ into it, not to shame culture nor correct them or belittle… but rather to give them back the joy and freedom that’s been stolen from them. When you hear wrong thinking being communicated, speak God’s truth.
That is the salt.
“Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person.” Colossians 4:6
Knowing how to communicate with dexterity is crucial to a carry the salt Jesus is talking about. Talk to others according to who they are specifically not henerally. Speak into their heart and awaken them to what’s greater. When speaking to someone about a difficult situation, you cannot do it with guns blazing you must carry kindness and love for that person. You must know how to talk intellegently and from a place of confidence and peace, not outrage or frustration. Let Jesus be Your king and He will develop the fruits of gentleness in you no matter how fierce or bold you are… I’ve seen it in my own life how God can cultivate that softness when needed and it will be needed. We cannot speak firm directness to people and expect them to change. But gentle admonishment truly changes hearts.
This past week I was at the beach and I witnessed a man scolding his daughter repeatedly as he taught her to swim. The little girl was about 5 years old. She was innocent and doing nothing wrong except for trying to swim but the dad kept making a scene on the whole beach and people saw it. So I decided to confront him. But what I didn’t do was match his anger and outrage. That won’t work… I had to speak to him in a way that I knew he would listen to and hear. The Holy Spirit is the only one who can give is ability. We must rely on Him… and let Him season our words.
You become salt to a world who does not know love, and thus become bland, when you confront injustices from a place of kindness and truth.
Good leaders know how to challenge you into betterment while reminding you of the greatness already within you. You do not have to compromise truth in order to be loving. Just do it from a place of love and the other person will feel that and hear that from you. No need for harshness. That takes no effort nor skill.
Good leaders know how to inspire your potential and talk to you in a way where you can hear it and its applicable to you individually. Never make generalizations about a person. Be specific about who they are or what you see about a situation.
God’s truth is the flavor that eradicates the lifelessness from the world and revitalizes them. Because they 4:6become enlightened to a higher way of thinking. Where fear is not a thought. Self-preservation is not a thought. Worry is not a thought. Anxiety is not a thought. Why? Because the taste of Heaven ascends the taste buds into euphoric ecstasy of another world where nothing can inhibit your joy.
Salt is the preservative of God’s heart flavoring a world that yearns for more.
He is the more…
He is the wholeness.
He is the love.
He is the enjoyment of life.
That’s what the world needs… a taste of Heaven. A taste of God.
So others can feel loved and whole…
“Taste and see that the Lord is good;
blessed is the one who takes refuge in him.” Psalm 34:8
I’ve come across many folks both christians and non-christians in my years of ministry and counseling who believe that God is not good… and it’s because they have not tasted Him. They have not experienced Him. THe psalmist makes it clear… there is a direct correlation between seeing God is good and tasting Him.
You have to TASTE God in order to know who He is.
You have to experience Him.
When you taste the Lord and cultivate a personal, intimate connection with Him you fall more in love with Him. This comes over time and from intentionality to develop this relationship. And thus, it propels you into trust mode… where you take “refuge in Him” as the psalmist says. You want to take refuge in God or be held by God when you have tasted Him… being close to Him becomes the highest priority. And then blessing flows, says the psalmist. It’s so true… You taste God… you see He is good… you let Him hold you… and you experience blessing all unfolding… because God is the life preserver. He is the life sustainer. The love sustainer. He is my every heartbeat… and I will never get over His love… it’s like a tatoo on my heart and He has His name written on my forever.
Seek Him and get to know Him…
Taste more of Him…
Through the Word of God… worshipping Him… talking to Him… thinking about Him… letting your life live for Him.
“One thing have I asked of the Lord, that will I seek after: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of God and to inquire in His temple.” Psalm 27:4
God is a personal God… who wants us to dwell with Him… whom we encounter in various ways by the Spirit of God and the spirit inside of us. These experiences connect us to Him. When we see God change a life… we taste His power. When we see Him at work all around us we taste aspects of His character. When we see God’s beauty in people and nature… we taste His beauty. When we feel loved deep in our spirit we taste of His love… and it’s a deep tasting… satisfying the mouth and lips like a strawberry dipped in chocolate.
God says… come and taste Me!
“You will seek Me and find Me, when you seek Me with all your heart.” Jeremiah 29:13
He wants you to taste Him…
He is the best tasting experience you will ever have…
Saltiness… my tastebuds perk up at the moment of its encroachment. It’s amplified… the experience of what God wants it to taste like. Love… life… adventure… nature… human connection… it’s better with Your flavor, Lord. Shower your saltiness on every bit of my essence.
my lips water
when I think of you
my mouth honors
the vow I made to you
to love you
when I’m here with you
there with you
I’m into you
and on for you
taste me like I taste you
you love the flavor
every second I live to taste
and you of mine
tastes of Heaven