A missionary lady had endured emotional problems on the field that had negatively impacted her ministry and that of her husband. They had left the field after almost 20 years, and she came for help.
In eliciting her history, she said her father had told her as she was growing up that she was not worth her salt; and, of course, this is the way she felt. At the end of the session, the counselor told her: “Your earthly father says that you are not worth your salt; your heavenly Father says you are worth His Son. Now which will be the basis for your identity from this point on–salt or Son?”
As she had previously understood her identification with Christ intellectually, the Holy Spirit used this to make it real experientially. She lost her life based on salt and found her new life based on her being in the Son of God. God transformed her life that day, and they returned to the mission field to complete what they had started.
“…that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height— to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, 21 to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen” (Eph 3:17-21).
Graphic on 1 Peter 1:18,19 from www.Heartlight.org