I just wanted to share with you what I have been thinking about lately... salt! You may think, that's weird, salt? Of all things to be thinking about! But to be honest this probably has to do with my husband. I'll stop right there because I should share that my dear sweet hubby is a pastor and while he is preparing his sermons, he'll share with me from time to time (actually all the time!!) what he is studying. Often it is a Scripture or a thought that he believes the Lord has put on his heart to share with the congregation. (I get a double portion!!) He is teaching from the Gospel of Matthew (expositionally or line by line) and has come to the portion where Jesus is talking about being the salt of the world. I'll quote it correctly from Matthew 5:13 "You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men."
Here are some things we've been learning about salt:
1. It preserves 2. it cleanses 3. it seasons (the obvious one!) 4. it creates a thirst 5. it's an abrasive I can think of more but I don't want to lose you here!!
Now think about these in the spiritual sense, just how are we to be if we are the salt of the earth. That is what Jesus said in Matthew 5:13 right??? Hmmm. Has this gotten you thinking? I'm sure you are able to come up with more uses for salt that I could use in this analogy, too!
Now for the application: I need to ask these questions about my conduct. Are my words and actions (my life!) living up to being a preservative, a cleansing agent, a seasoning, am I causing a thirst for Christ? Now you may be thinking, what about #5? Are we to be abrasive?? No not really, we are to share the Word in love and the Word can be abrasive to those who reject it. Here is what the Bible says "Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer each one." 2 Corinthians 4:6.
That's a great scripture! First grace, then the salt!!
I like to think of Jesus as the shaker and we are the salt, His salt. His special brand of Agape Salt!! Hopefully right now I'm creating a thirst in you and the salt in my shaker is pouring out freely! Let Jesus shake you so that you can be seasoning those around you for His glory!!
I so glad you came today and I hope you'll be back for a visit soon!!
FYI: I have kosher salt in my cupboard, just thought I'd share that!! I thought it ties in well with the Agape Salt!