Matthew 5: 13-16 (NASB)
You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt has become tasteless, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled under foot by men.
You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden; nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.
This is one of my favorite passages. We are given a seemingly simple, lovely little task to complete.
Stay salty and let your light shine!
Salt is an interesting chemical compound. Not only can it be used to add taste or preserve food, salt is used to create paper, plastic and rubber. You can also find this nifty compound in many household products such as bleach, detergent or fertilizer. The human body itself is even made up of a few tablespoons of sodium chloride here and there. Salt is everywhere!
It’s overwhelming to think about all that can be done with salt so my simple mind tends to think of it in its most common use concerning this particular passage….. FOOD!
It’s quite simple really. The salt sitting on my kitchen table is used to add flavor to food and once upon a time the salt siting in my Great Grandaddy’s smoke shack was used to preserve food. Salt adds flavor and it is used to preserve all the wonderful nutrients needed for my body to survive. The daily nutrients I consume can taste wonderfully delightful or just plain rotten if they have been allowed to go bad. Ever had a bad burger and suffered with a tummy bug the following day? That certainly leaves a bad taste in your mouth.
Christians have the responsibility of not only serving the word of God in a tasty manner while also preserving it’s truth. Occasionally we ourselves become bland or lose our flavor all together as we walk our Christian path. When serving the bread of life in a tasteless or unpreserved manner such as this, we have the potential leaving a bitter, tasteless or just plain rotten taste in a person’s mouth.
I hope you will spend a few moments in reflection concerning your level of saltiness today. How do you serve the word of God to those around you? Salty, bland, or just plain rotten?
More on letting your light shine later this week.
Stay salty until we meet again!