April 3, 2019·Kristin Gentry
“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
Salt is such an interesting illustration for Jesus to use. Let’s consider the importance of salt. Think about how bland and boring every one of our meals would be without salt! We use salt as a preservative to allow things to last longer than they normally would on their own. Salt is used medicinally as a powerful antiseptic! I don’t know if you’ve ever been somewhere so cold and wet that people must sprinkle salt on sidewalks and roads, so people don’t slip when they’re walking and so cars don’t spin out of control. Salt has many great uses! Yet, have you ever realized how tiny each grain of salt is, but it’s impact on our everyday lives is so great, especially when multiple grains of salt work together!
Jesus calls His followers, “salt of the earth.” Though we’re made up of tiny individuals, our call and our purpose are of great importance, and our potential to do great things for the sake of the Kingdom of God (especially when we work together) is amazing. Like salt to a good meal, those who follow Jesus should be an example of all that is good in this world. People who hear about the savory wonders happening in our churches, or in our own lives, should be racing to our church steps and seeking us out like food connoisseurs who travel the world to discover the best restaurants and food the world has to satisfy their palette.
If we are salt to the earth, it is one of our duties to preserve the earth until Christ returns. Yes, in a world that seems like it’s nearing catastrophe every day, because numerous threats seem to loom around every corner, and without getting all Armageddon in this devotion, we know the truth. Christ will return, but, in the meantime, it’s our job to make sure we tell as many people as possible about salvation through Christ.
As salt to the earth, through our knowledge of Christ and our equipping with the Holy Spirit, we can be used as instruments to bring healing and purity to both physical ailments and spiritual diseases! By being examples to others in following the Lord’s teachings, we, like salt on a slippery surface, can help those who are trying to find their way.
See how something as miniscule as salt can have great importance? In that same way, YOU have great importance to the Body of Christ. YOU have a purpose. If a tiny grain of salt can be arsenal in the pocket of Wolfgang Puck, YOU can be a powerful instrument in the hand of God!
Pastor Kristin Gentry