“Your heart or your life, God’s setting somethin’ ablaze!”
When Jesus said, “Everyone will be salted with fire…” (Mark 9:49), He meant those you’ve found fault with will be salted with fire, He meant YOU will be salted with fire, “the left” will be salted with fire, “the right” will be salted with fire, racists will be salted with fire, Donald Trump will be salted with fire, Antifa will be salted with fire, the greater Houston area, Texas, America, Vladimir Putin, North Korea and the Taliban will all be salted with fire. Getting the point? When He said everyone, He meant…EVERYONE!
God’s fire is designed to burn away the worthless things from your heart and life that you have been clinging to (unbelief, doubt, self-pity, worry, higher affections than Jesus, etc.). He desires to bring you to a place where not only your heart but all of your circumstances have such value to God that the whole of your being is upheld by His pleasure through no effort of your own – as a star in the night sky among this dark and perverse generation (Phi. 2:12-16). Your life can make a huge difference! Imagine, one star (the sun) warms this whole planet.
Don’t worry, it’s safe to give up all for/to Jesus. If you surrender something He intends for you to have, He will receive what you have intimately offered (in worship to Him), place His glory upon it and return it to you safe and sound; again, as something that He takes pleasure in preserving and displaying, for His glory, through no effort of your own.
Anything that you are not willing to sacrifice for the purpose of “making Christ greater” is an idol. Obviously, He is already infinitely greater than everything; everything else is worthless compared to Him! Therefore, this is about keeping Him first, by far, in your heart and life. And, “Those who cling to worthless idols forfeit the grace that could be theirs” (Jonah 2:8, from “the belly of a whale”). Jonah came to His senses amidst the most intense of suffering. America is a type of Jonah and it’s time for her to admit (let in anew) the fiery Truth of God, Jesus Christ.
Don’t forsake the priceless grace that can be yours today.