“Salt is good. Have salt in yourselves.” – Mark 9:50
As any who ever sailed aboard a ship fer any time knows, salt be a good way of keeping bacteria, fermentation, and rot from ruining a good side of beef. Salt doth this by sucking water out of the cells of foods and bacteria. Less water, less chance fer bacteria ter grow and reproduce.
Only think on this a wee little bit: If salt fills up with water from food and bacteria it loses its saltiness. Once salt loses its saltiness, it gets tossed out in tha street and trampled underfoot (Matthew 5:13).
Same with a mutinous crew. Once a spirit of mutiny breaks out among Skip’s crew, it be a right hard thing ter dissuade ’em from throwing off his Code of Conduct and taking over tha vessel, changing course, and shipwrecking thar faith (1 Timothy 1:19).
But if ya have starch in yer spine and Skip’s salt in yer soul ya ‘ave no choice but ter obey tha Sun and be salt among tha storehouse of meatheads and fruit loops, and veggie lovers. Ter abandon ship so quick ter a mutinous crew be ter give up without a fight. On tha cross tha Sun fought fer ya; we kin do no less than ter fight fer him by being salt among them who ‘ave strayed from his love, commands, grace, and mercy.
Make it yer task ter live a life of salt among sinners (and we all ‘ave some bacteria . . . ah, sin). Who knows but by salting them around ya with Skip’s Code of Conduct and acts of tha Sun ya may help ter starve tha bacteria in some folks, and preserve them in this life and tha life ter come.
“Whoever welcomes one of these little children in my name welcomes me.” – Mark 9:37 (Mark 9:35-41)
First mate, first watch, first on deck . . . within a crew all be angling ter get tha first spot, tha skipper’s ear, tha best bunk. Only when tha Twelve got ter discussing which of them be tha Sun’s best bud—and most likely it would be Old Pete, James, or John—tha Sun invited a little child ter join tha discussion.
“Whoever wants to be first must be the very last.” Start at tha back of tha line, not that front. That be whar ya ‘ill find tha Sun.
“Whoever wants to be great must be the servant of all.” Start with helping others, not helping yer self. That be whar ya ‘ill find tha Sun.
“Whoever welcomes me does not welcome me but the one who sent me.” Start with following tha Sun, not following yer own selfish desires. That be whar ya ‘ill find Skipper at work.
“Whoever is not against us is for us.” Start with including as many as ya kin in work fer Skipper, not pushing folks away. That be whar ya ‘ill find Skipper’s Holy Ghost of Truth moving about.
“Whoever gives you a cup of water in my name because you belong to the Messiah will certainly not lose their reward.” Start with looking ter tha left, then right, ahead, then back ter see who has a need. That be whar tha eyes of tha Sun be fixed all tha time.
“Whoever welcomes one of these little children in my name welcomes me.” Start with tha heart and mind of child open ter tha wonder of Skipper, his creation, and his imagination, not with a list of all tha things ya tried but didn’ work. That be whar ya ‘ill find tha Sun doing tha miraculous.
“Whoever . . . believes in me, though he dies, will yet live.” (John 11:25)
Make it yer task ever day ter start with whoever ya kin, whenever ya kin, whar ever ya be ter chase after tha Sun. That be how ya gets ter be first among them who kneel before him when tha Sun comes in his glory.
“I believe! Help me overcome my unbelief.” – Mark 9:24 (Mark 9:14-29) (Matthew 17:14-21) (Luke 9:37-43)
When tha Sun and Old Pete, James, and John come off tha mountain and down ter whar tha other disciples be, they seen a large crowd, tha rest of tha Twelve, and tha teachers of tha law all arguing. Soon as all tha people seen tha Sun, though, they rushed ter greet him.
“What are you arguing with them about?” tha Sun asked.
A man in tha crowd answered, “Teacher, I brought you my son, who is possessed by a spirit that has robbed him of speech. Whenever it seizes him, it throws him to the ground. He foams at the mouth, gnashes his teeth and becomes rigid. This evil, demon spirit is destroying my only child. I asked your disciples to drive out the spirit, but they could not.”
“You unbelieving, perverse, generation,” The Sun said in disgust. “How long shall I stay with you? How long shall I put up with you? Bring the boy to me.”
So they brought him. When tha spirit seen tha Sun, it immediately threw tha boy in ter a convulsion. Tha lad fell ter tha ground and rolled around, foaming at tha mouth.
Tha Sun asked tha boy’s father, “How long has he been like this?”
“From childhood. That spirit has often thrown him into fire or water to kill him.” The father dropped ter his knees and said, “If you can do anything, take pity on us and help us.”
“‘If you can’?” said tha Sun. “Everything is possible for him who believes.”
“I believe,” tha boy’s father said. “Only, help me overcome my unbelief!”
When tha Sun seen tha crowd running ter tha scene, he rebuked tha impure spirit. “You deaf and mute spirit,” he said, “I command you, come out of the boy and never enter him again.”
Tha spirit shrieked, convulsed tha lad violently and came out. Tha boy looked so much like a corpse that many said, “He’s dead.” But tha Sun took him by tha hand and lifted him to his feet, and he stood up. All were amazed at tha greatness of Skipper.
After tha Sun had gone indoors, his disciples asked him privately, “Why couldn’t we drive out that spirit?”
He replied, “Because you have so little faith. If you have faith as big as a mustard seed nothing is impossible. But this kind can come out only by prayer.”
If ya ‘ave an only child ya know how desperate ya be ter care fer it. Parents care fer all youngins, but an only child back in tha Sun’s day, ‘specially a boy, be tha one who carries on tha family business as it whar. So ya kin understand why tha boy’s pop be desperate fer help.
Think on this a wee little bit. Tha Sun called tha crowd an “unbelieving, perverse, generation.” In this case perverse might possibly meant that folks had turned away from what be right or good, which be Skipper, fer he be right and good and full of love.
Then tha Sun asked tha lad’s dad “How long has he been this way?” Could be tha Sun be looking ter understand if thar be a generational curse at work in tha boy or some other curse. Our sins kin bring down curses on us and our offspring. Getting ter tha root of tha issue be one of tha first things tha Sun ‘ill do when he be dealing with uncleanness.
“I believe,” tha father said. “Help me overcome my unbelief.” Well now we come ter tha crux of tha matter: tha disciples and tha dad believed in that Sun a little but they believed in thar unbelief more.
Once tha lad be back in his right mind and free of tha unclean demon spirit, all whar amazed at the greatness of . . . Skipper. Ya might think they be amazed at tha Sun and they whar, but all knowed that tha only way tha Sun could cast out an evil, unclean spirit be through tha power of his pop, Skipper.
How ’bout ya? Doth ya ‘ave a little faith, a little belief? Would ya like ter have more faith? Faith big enough ter overcome yer unbelief?
Fall at tha feet of tha Sun and beg him ter come closer ter ya. Tha more we draw ter tha Sun, that bigger we see him ter be.
Far off tha sun in tha sky looks small among all that clouds, but whar ya ter get up close ter it ya would know its vast bigness. Same with Skipper and his Sun. Thar power and might be more’n we kin imagine.
Get close ter tha Sun and yer faith ‘ill beat back yer unbelief, of this ya kin be sure.