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May 4, 2019

Pass the Salt

“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)

In contrast to our world today where we restrict our salt intake, the ancient world considered salt a valuable commodity. In a world without refrigeration, salt was a preservative. When rubbed and packed with meat, it would stop the decay process and protect it for later use. And, as is true even today, salt added pleasing flavor to their food. So, when Jesus describes His people as the “salt of the earth,” He implies that if left to its natural course, the world is rotting away – not a pretty sight. The impact of man’s sinfulness is destructive, not just to those who sin, but to others touched by it too.

Jesus is showing His disciples they can slow and even stop that natural decay. We are declared dead in our sin and Jesus is the answer to man’s sinfulness. We can be forgiven if we humble ourselves and turn to Him. You and I, as his disciples, can carry the message of the Savior Jesus to a decaying world. We have the answer to sin – Jesus.

Are you flavorful? We can make a rotting world a better place. People around us need to experience a taste of the life God offers His followers. We can begin by demonstrating to others the character traits identified as the fruit of the Spirit - love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.

In today’s passage, Jesus warns that if we lose our saltiness (if we become like the rest of the world) we lose our influence. When we follow Jesus, we are different than those who do not know Him. So let’s make that difference count!

Question: Does my presence make my world a better place?

Challenge: Commit to living in such a way that your life makes people thirsty for the things of God.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, please use me as salt in this world. An influence for good, showing the Savior and all He can do for us.

Dude Garrett, Chapel Leader -- Fargo-Moorhead Redhawks

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