You are the salt of the earth. ~ Matthew 5:13
Last week my ten-year-old son was eating a meal I prepared when he said, “Hmmm…Mom, you make the best fish in the world.” You know my heart was blessed by that. There are many times he rocks and moans as he eats his food which is my clue that he is well pleased with his Mama’s cooking. However, being the blunt, tell it like it is kind of kid he can be, there have been times when he has let me know when he isn’t happy. He simply says, “Mom, this isn’t good. It doesn’t have any flavor.” His mother is pretty good in the kitchen, but like a baseball player, I don’t hit the ball out of the park every time. Every once in a while, the meal I prepare needs something more.
As the daughter of a career dialysis nurse, I was raised in a house where the salt shaker was nearly evil. People are on dialysis for a number of reasons, but blood pressure related renal failure is the second leading cause. There wasn’t a salt shaker on the table in our house. When my mother prepared a meal, which was for the record, ALWAYS spot on, we ate it the way she served it. Occasionally, we’d have a dinner guest who would request a salt shaker. Through eyes the size of saucers, my siblings and I would watch as they shook salt onto their food, usually before they even tasted it. Blasphemy. Because of my upbringing, to this day (yes, forty years later) I still tend to go easy on the salt. When my little guy says it doesn’t have any flavor, the first thing I reach for to spice it up some is the seasoning salt. I know I’ve been light-handed with it. Often, a little salt makes all the difference.
The same is true for our lives. Sometimes they lack the flavor we want. We reach for comfort from our Lord who loves us. Our salt is prayer, the word, devotionals, worship, and conversations with other believers. If we use what we have in the cupboard of our lives, we have what we need to give our lives the punch they need. Not so for the world. They can’t reach for the comfort we have in the Holy Spirit that we find in John 14:26 or the peace that keeps our hearts from being troubled as captured in John 14:27. The world can’t cast its cares on Him as we are told in 1 Peter 5:7. They don’t know that he cares for them. Most importantly, the world doesn’t have the hope of salvation that Paul speaks of in Ephesians 2:4 or Peter shares in his first epistle verse 1:3. The world weeps like they have no hope because they do not. How will they be saved? How will the world get to know a risen Christ? The answer is simple, through you and me and our children. We are their hope. We are the salt they need.
We live in interesting times. 2 Timothy 3:2 tells us in the New Living Translation: “For people will love only themselves and their money. They will be boastful and proud, scoffing at God, disobedient to their parents, and ungrateful. They will consider nothing sacred.” This is surely where we are. Sometimes it can be tempting to recede from this troubled world, to surround ourselves with only Christian things and Christian people and go places where there will be Christians, but we have to remember to engage the lost. The unbeliever feasts on sadness, pain, disappointment, fear, loneliness, and every other negative emotion that the Devil can serve up. We have to sprinkle ourselves in their lives. Colossians 4:5-6 says, “Let your speech be always with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.” We add the flavor to a world that doesn’t taste good.
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