Salt*

Salt.

It has a vitreous luster which means it’s clear and reflective. It’s highly diathermic which means heat goes in and out of it. It’s viscous, or sticky; and it flows at high pressures.

Salt is most known for preserving food but also for enhancing the flavor, texture and color of food.

So, when Jesus says we must have the qualities of salt among ourselves, what does He mean?

We make a difference in the “flavor” of the world we live in. Salt changes food’s flavor, making it better. We “salt” the earth with Jesus’ love, grace and truth. We are peacemakers. We reflect Jesus in our words and actions.

As salt is sticky, may our faith adhere tightly to every ounce of our being and permeate within.

Our “saltiness” (remember, this is not worldly saltiness) preserves our faith during fire- giving us perseverance during life’s many trials.

Our “saltiness” prevents the decaying of our souls. Possibly, even as we live a life seasoned with salt and keeping in step with the Spirit, we help preserve other’s souls, too. No, we cannot save people, but we can point to Jesus and show them His uncontainable love with our salt.

Think of ways to increase the salt in your life- in your words and actions. Filter everything through the lens of the Gospel and ask, is this edifying, seasoned with salt? Is this going to make things better?

I have a feeling this may stop us dead in our tracks, several times a day, from using careless words and harmful actions.

May it be so.

May Jesus help us to live a life of salt in a world that desperately needs it. In Jesus Holy Name, Amen.

*recent devotional for my church’s women’s ministry devotional series, Mocha Monday

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