11
Jun
14

Season Your World

I’m not a big salt on my food guy.  I put it on a few things, but I know people who really pour the salt on their food!  That being said, I am a big salt on my sidewalk kind of guy!  In the winter, I’ll salt the daylights out of my walks to keep me from slipping on the ice!  Salt has many uses.  We use it to season our food and to melt ice in winter.  We use it to make homemade ice cream (doesn’t that sound good?).  Salt is a natural preservative.  We also add it to water to increase the temperature and reduce cooking time (it doesn’t make the water boil faster – see this link).  You can use it to remove stains from copper pans.  If you rub salt dampened with vinegar in your hands, you can remove the smell of onions.  In fact, according to saltworks.us, there are approximately 14,000 uses for salt!  Salt is amazing!
But salt that loses its saltiness, according to Jesus, is worthless.  It isn’t even fit for the manure pile! He said something very similar in Matthew 5:13 (NIV):

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 underfoot.

Our commitment to Christ and spreading His Kingdom should be like salt.  We should be the seasoning in this world.  We should enhance the lives of others.  We should permeate this world with God’s love and grace.  But when we fade in our commitment, we are like salt that has lost its saltiness.  We’re not good for anything with regard to the Kingdom of God.  Luke 14:25-35 is all about being a faithful disciple of Jesus.  It is about following Him and being committed to His Kingdom.  Part of being a fully-devoted follower of Jesus is to share your faith with others.  To be salt and light to this world.  Otherwise, what good are we doing for Jesus or for others?  Be salt today.  Season your world with Jesus’ love.

Luke 14:34-35 (NIV)

Salt is good, but if it loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? 35 It is fit neither for the soil nor for the manure pile; it is thrown out.

“Whoever has ears to hear, let them hear.

 

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