Are You Salty?
By Kristi Woods
“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
Imagine sitting down to Thanksgiving dinner, eyeing the steaming stuffing, taking a huge bite, only to discover it hadn’t been seasoned.
Bland spirituality and unseasoned food have something in common: Few of us like them. They lack flavor.
I made a pot of soup recently. It tasted bland, but I couldn’t figure out how to give it more zip. Then, my son sauntered into the kitchen for a sample.
“Mom, it needs more salt,” he said.
I contemplated his words, added a couple of pinches, and tried the broth. He was right.
Salt made the difference.
As Christians, we flavor our world with the truth and love of Jesus Christ. The Bible calls us the “salt of the earth.” As such, we make a difference.
We are the seasoning of Christ, bringing His love-truth to relationships, situations, and circumstances. We champion hope for eternity, the message of reconciliation to God. We sprinkle forgiveness and truth daily.
One granule of salt seems small, and it is. But just as the soup’s flavor changed because of a few small morsels, the world around us advances for the better when we season it with the love of Jesus.
But what happens if we lose our zest for Christ because of trials or grow tired of loving difficult people as Jesus taught us? What if we lose our “saltiness”? Does one quieted voice make a difference? According to God’s Word, it does.
This holiday season, if you’re battling weariness or questioning whether to continue to serve, be encouraged to press on. If you’re discouraged or comfortable with life’s flow, remember Jesus died for each of us to offer the hope of heaven.
So go ahead, be the salt of the earth, bring glory to God, and watch others enjoy the goodness of Jesus Christ, too.
Kristi Woods, a contributing writer to Wholly Loved Ministries’ devotional and a former pew sitter, longs to see women transform from Sunday pew sitters to Monday through Sunday worshipers. A writer and speaker, she blogs and offers faith-building tools for walking deeper with God at www.KristiWoods.net. She contributes regularly at iBelieve.com and Crosswalk.com and is published in various print and online publications. Kristi, her husband, and their three children survived a nomadic, military lifestyle, and have set roots in Oklahoma. Connect with Kristi at KristiWoods.net.
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