Pass the Salt

salt_of_the_earth-verse“You are the salt of the earth; but, if salt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men.” (Matthew 5:13)

Salt has some crucial and diverse functions in our world. Salt enhances taste, overcoming blandness. Salt will make a lamp’s oil burn brighter, overcoming the darkness. Salt preserves food, overcoming spoil. Salt prevents the growth of weeds, overcoming ruin. Salt heals, overcoming painful wounds.

Jesus says you and I are the salt of the earth. We are to enrich the lives of those around us, adding a spiritual flavor to life. We are to brighten the lives of those around us, revealing an eternal light in life. We are to safeguard the lives of those around us, providing a Godly freshness in life. We are to contend for the lives of those around us, planting the good seeds of righteousness in life. We are to restore the lives of those around us, offering the Lamb’s healing in life.

You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its flavor it is then good for nothing. We have much at stake here, as individuals, and as a Body. A personal and a collective look in the mirror is needed. Are we choosing to enrich, brighten, safeguard, contend and restore – or to be thrown out and trampled underfoot?

Please pass the salt.

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