Tuesday January 3, 2017
“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. -Matthew 5:13
You’ve might have noticed that this is the first devotion I have posted in awhile.
This is because, for the first time in over a week and a half, I am somewhat healthy.
I have been pretty sick, and that has caused me to spend a whole lot of time on the couch sleeping.
With this sickness I lost my ability to taste. I ate at a Chinese buffet, and couldn’t taste a single thing. I drank a Pepsi, and it tasted no different than water. Like I said, it’s been a rough past couple of days.
Through the sickness, I was reminded of what God said about taste. In the Bible He calls Christians the salt of the earth, because our lives enhance and give meaning to life.
Salt is a dietary mineral, used for flavoring and preservation. It is needed by all known living creatures. If it is abused, it can be harmful.
The body needs salt intake, because it regulates the water content in our bodies. Jesus used salt to describe how Christians are needed to bring balance and hope to an otherwise dying world.
If salt looses it’s flavor, it’s meaningless.
We Christians, like salt, need to live as pure a life as possible so that we can maximize our ability to “flavor” or bless the earth through our good works.
Losing my sense of taste put some things in perspective for me. As a Christ follower, I don’t want to be tasteless. I want to be identified of living with full flavor and favor with God.
Today, go be the salt of the earth!
Prayer: “God, help me to be the salt of the earth. Help me to be all that you called me to be as your follower. In your name I pray, Amen.”