April 5 – Salty

Read: Matthew 5:13-16

“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. (Matthew 5:13 ESV)

Salt is a wonderful thing. I probably like it more than I should. Even just a little bit goes a really long way in improving the taste of something. In Jesus day it was a rare luxury. It was highly valued. As long as it was tasty. Because if salt isn’t used for food it is used for clearing paths. It’s used to walk on.

Jesus warned his audience, with a warning that should ring true for us today as well, we exist for a purpose. We have a flavor. We exist to make where we are better. And if we don’t or can’t do that, then we are not really fulfilling our primary purpose.

Sometimes it’s hard to be the kind of presence in our world that we desire to be. There are so many potential distractions. We are imperfect. Sometimes it feels like we’re in perpetual danger of losing our saltiness. I don’t believe that this has to be true. What does it mean to be salt in your world? How can you be a difference there? How can you avoid losing your flavor?

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