Saturday, November 12, 2011

salt is flavour.

Let me tell you why you are here. You’re here to be salt-seasoning that brings out the God-flavours of this earth. If you lost your saltiness, how will people taste godliness? Here’s another way to put it: you’re here to be light, bringing out the God-colours in the world. God is not a secret to be kept. We’re going public with this, as public as a city on a hill. If I make you light-bearers, you don’t think I’m going to hide you under a bucket, do you? I’m putting you on a light stand. Now that I’ve put you there on a hilltop, on a light stand- shine! Keep open house; be generous with your lives. By opening up to others, you’ll prompt people to open up with God, this generous Father in heaven. –matthew5

One of the first things I inherently look for when I sit down at a dinner table is the salt and pepper. Why? Because it makes everything better, of course. We sprinkle salt over everything, and in fact some people even rub it into their meat to make it even better. Salt is a product of the earth; used for flavouring and as a preservative. Pure salt is brilliantly white in colour. (doesn’t that sound like characteristics of someone who loves Jesus too?) This is neat. Salt was even used to bind covenants between parties (like of like notarizing an agreement today) by each of the parties eating salt together. (pause. Can you imagine doing that now? What if licking salt was a traditional part of wedding ceremonies?) Anyways, God demonstrated this binding-by-salt-agreement by entering a covenant of salt with Israel and David in 2 Chronicles 13.5 “should you not know that the Lord God of Israel gave the dominion over Israel to David forever, to him and his sons, by a covenant of salt?”

I can’t help but think salt is quite sneaky. I mean, you sprinkle it over something and it works on its own to preserve and delay decay and prevent deterioration. What does this mean of us as Christians? Do we, as salt in some way get to be a part of preserving the world from sin? Do we get to have influence to flavour society and simultaneously preserve as well? I think that we get to be a part of making everything better. Better in Jesus' name that is. Preserving the moral and spiritual spoilage in this world by preventing deterioration and decay in our places of influence.

Think about it. If we are salt, when we go places, there are things that we can sprinkle with flavour and preservatives. Like, encouraging someone that is at the “end of their rope” and watching their spirits be lifted and receive courage to press onward, even when things are still hard. Or, giving (even out of our own needs sometimes) to be a part of God’s provision for another’s need and letting a testimony of the goodness of God take place in their life and preserving trust in God to meet our needs. Or, helping a single mom take her cart full of groceries to her mini-van while she is juggling 4 kiddos and telling her she isn’t alone and her needs are seen and known by God, preserving hope. Salt. Flavour. Its bringing a smile into a room of drooping faces. Its at times being the only full of faith person in a room of discouragement. It is bringing life and joy  and flavour to the places we go and the people we meet. 

"You’re here to be salt-seasoning that brings out the God-flavours of this earth!"
so, go! flavour today!

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