Feb 2: Out of the Shaker and On to the Plate

Read Matthew 5

“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” (Mt. 5:13).

The uses for salt go beyond baking chemistry, food flavor, and food preservation. Salt is used mostly for flavoring and preserving. It can flavor many areas of our lives. It is an essential nutrient. We need it for living.

Christians, too, need to salt their lives with Christ’s salt to reflect Him. 

We reflect Him by being distinctive. When Jesus talks about salt losing its “saltiness,” isn’t He saying that His followers must not lose that which makes them distinctive? Christians are gentle – “Let your gentleness be evident to all” (Phil. 4:5).

Are we content? What are Christians to be focused on? “Whatever is true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things” (Phil. 4:8).

Christ-followers are compassionate and humble. “Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult. On the contrary, repay evil with blessing” (1 Pt. 3:9). Wow – that is salty!

How could salt lose its “saltiness?” Road salt can can melt ice and make roads safer for driving but then it gets polluted and can corrode our cars. When salt is contaminated with other people, I mean other salts, such as magnesium chloride or sulfate, it attracts moisture. Over the course of time, stored salt becomes polluted and not as salty. Storing salt, protecting it from contamination, may give us some peace of mind about the future, but if we store it away and don’t use it, are we losing what makes us distinctive? Are we losing love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness and self-control? (See Gal. 5:22-23) If so, we are no longer good for anything!

Get out of the shaker and get on to the plate. Live it out! “Faith, by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.” (James 2:17). Pass the shaker, please.


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