“You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled by men. Matthew 5:13 (NIV)
You are the salt of the earth. Do you have any idea what that means? I’m not sure, but I have some ideas. Let me hear them. Salt adds seasoning to what might otherwise be bland and tasteless. You salt just about everything you eat, don’t you? Yes, I do. How can you add flavor and seasoning to everything that you think, say and do in this world? On my own, I can’t add any salt seasoning to anything. Why is that? It is only you living inside of me that makes me able to bring flavor and seasoning to others in this world. I’m glad that you know that. Will you rely on me to use you as flavoring and seasoning in the world? Yes Lord, I will.
What do you think my salt seasoning looks and tastes like? Your salt is nothing like the salt I use to flavor my food. Your salt dramatically stands out from all the blandness and tastelessness of the world. Your salt is in short supply in the world. When people see the pouring out of your salt, it gets noticed. Your salt changes the hearts and minds and lives of people. Your salt is attractive and highly desirable. People are drawn to you when they experience a taste of your salt. Once someone tastes your salt, they want nothing else. There is no real substitute for your salt. The excess salt that I eat may harm my body. Your salt brings health and healing to me and to anyone else it touches.
I crave your salt. I want to live in your salt. I want your salt to cover me from head to toe. I want to be used to spread your salt to everyone I meet. I want your salt to penetrate all that I think, say and do. There is nothing I want to think, say or do unless it has your salt on it.
You know the words that describe my salt, don’t you? You know where my salt comes from, don’t you? You know that my salt will be poured out from your life, don’t you? Yes, I do. Your salt comes from your Holy Spirit living inside of me. Your salt comes in a variety of flavors. You want me to be a dispenser of your salt seasoning in all that I think, say and do. You want me to season the world with the salty flavors of your love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self- control. Yes, that’s right. Pour your salt into my life so that it can pour out of my life. Is that your prayer? Yes, it is. I will hear and answer your prayer.
Heavenly Father, thank you for making me to be a salty witness for Christ in a bland and tasteless world. Send me to where you want me to go and guide me to what you want me to do for you. Use me according to your plan so others will be drawn to Christ. Amen
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