Is there ever a time when a recurring theme keeps coming up in your life and you finally think…
“hmm, maybe I should pay attention to this and see what God is teaching me?”
A few weeks ago, one of our elders preached on Matthew 5:13-16.
Go ahead and read it, I’ll wait.
Salt and Light.
If you have been in church for any length of time you’ve heard that we, as believers, are to be salt and light. Our lights must shine and our saltiness must preserve. But only a few weeks before this, in our women’s Bible study, we had a very long and extremely good conversation about salt. So I decided to do a little studying of salt for myself. And not just a biblical study, but the ways in which we use salt in our daily lives that we don’t even think about.
Just to name a few:
cleans coffee pots
I even use it in my neti pot when I have sinus issues (or allergies since our familiar friend pollen has made its debut).
There are so many uses for salt, but there is one that sticks out to me more than all of the others.
Have any of you been to the movie theatre lately? Maybe you’ve gone to see I Can Only Imagine (if you haven’t, get in your car and go now, you can read this post later…it’s excellent). I don’t know about you, but when I go to the theatre, popcorn is a must. Oh and my favorite – a Diet Coke.
It seems like the popcorn is so good and tasty and just what you wanted, but after a bit, all of that salt makes you….thirsty.
And it reminded me — if I am salt of the earth like Jesus commands me to be, then my life should be making others thirsty for what I have in Him.
If I am honest, my life is not always one that makes others crave the Living Water.
And do you remember Lot’s wife? What happened to her when God told them to leave Sodom just before he destroyed it? She turned around….and she turned into a pillar of salt.
I don’t know about you, but being turned into a pillar of salt isn’t on my bucket list.
I would rather choose to be salt of the earth through submission and obedience rather than turning into a pillar of salt because of my sin and rebellion. And daily, I have that choice. Everyday when I wake up, I am either gravitating towards BEING salt or being turned INTO salt.
If we want others to taste and see that God is good, we must be faithful in loving and giving hope to those who thirst.
“You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people’s feet”