The Salt of the Earth

JESUS SPEAKING

“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” (Mathew 5: 13.)

INSPIRED THOUGHTS

                In ancient time’s salt was a very important commodity used as a preservative in meat and as an additive in many medicinal remedies (it was mined and traded extensively throughout the Mediterranean.)  Despite its many varying applications, salt was, by far, most commonly used to flavor foods (a little pinch and an otherwise bland dish was rendered tasty.)  In this parable Jesus likens every believer to salt; those who remain flavorful are those who continue to fulfill their primary purpose; such individuals consistently serve their fellows, love others, and give to those in need.  Unfortunately, many who start out strong in the faith eventually lose their saltiness; they become self-centered and ungodly; they no longer possess a zeal for what is good, and they choose to serve themselves rather than others; such individuals are useless to God and will not inherit eternal life.

                The statue of liberty is one of America’s most widely recognized icons.  She is a towering symbol of freedom to all nations.  However, “Lady Liberty” has changed somewhat over the years.  On the day of her dedication in 1886, her polished copper surface was a vibrant spectacle of bright red and orange (truly she was something to behold.)  Sadly, when copper interacts with the atmosphere it corrodes; over time, her once shiny exterior has become dull, muted, and green.  The statue of liberty is still a magnificent example of ingenuity and craftsmanship; however, she is no longer what she once was on the day of her dedication.

                Many Christians also dedicate themselves to Jesus Christ, and initially, they shine quite brilliantly.  Their zeal for what is good and their desire to spread the gospel is unparalleled.  As they serve, the love of The Lord is manifest in them, drawing others toward God.  Sadly, over time (as other things displace their faith) selfishness begins to reign in their hearts.  They become dull and muted; such individuals are rendered useless to God.  May we never grow dull; may we continually put the Lord first in all that we do; and may we tirelessly strive to accomplish His will in this place.

                “Heavenly Father, fill us anew with Your Holy Spirit.  Give us opportunities to serve others in love.  We desire to be pleasing to You in all things; use us to further Your Kingdom.  May we always be zealous and flavorful, and may we never grow dull.  If we have turned away, please convict us and correct us.  We love You Father, we praise You, and we thank You, and we ask and pray all of these things, according to Your will, in Jesus Christ’s name.  Amen.”  God bless all of you.

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