There’s not a lot I can cook well, but GIRLS, I can make some soup! On a plight to “purge the pantry” this week, I created a pot of simmering goodness using everything that seemed chicken enchilada-ish... but it just wasn’t right. I had left out the salt! Once I added this staple, it was amazing, and we lit our first fire in the farmhouse and enjoyed the fall evening.
SALT. It’s no surprise that the Lord had me study this verse the next morning in a Bible Study I’m a part of. “You are the salt of the world.” So why exactly does Jesus call us salt?
Here are a few thoughts on this verse:
•SALT FLAVORS. Obviously, we are called to stand out. Be salty. Add a measure of what is missing from the world... without being so much that people spit us out. This takes balance of grace and truth. Salty but not SALTY.
•SALT PRESERVES. It protects food from spoiling. I see this as my role in my home and relationships. I must take my call seriously to protect those I serve along with those who cannot protect themselves.
•SALT HEALS. Rubbed into wounds, salt eases infections and promotes healing. Does my presence in people’s lives offer healing or add to the hurt? Ouch.
Some final things I read really seasoned my study...
•The richest salt came from the DEAD Sea in Christ’s time. Point taken. Death to life is how Jesus works to use us!
•Salt MUST come in contact to be effective. Rubbed in. Hands on. It doesn’t work by yelling “SALT!” to the hurting.
•Salt is only effective when it is sprinkled out of the shaker. It’s the GO calling in our lives. Get out of the “holy huddle” and flavor the world. The shaking we feel in life has purpose. He is working all things together for His perfect plans!
This week, salty living has taken on a new meaning for me. I am the salt. You are the salt. And the world is waiting for us to fulfill our purpose. Be salty, ladies.
TRUTH FOR TODAY:
“Walk in wisdom toward outsiders, making the best use of the time. Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person.”
“Can a fig tree, my brothers, bear olives, or a grapevine produce figs? Neither can a salt pond yield fresh water.”
- James 3:12