Have you ever eaten unsalted popcorn? If not, let me suggest you don’t start now. It tastes something like what you’d imagine a corner of a Styrofoam cooler might taste like! “Icky” isn’t even close to a strong enough word! I gag just thinking about it!
“Let me tell you why you are here. You’re here to be salt-seasoning that brings out the God-flavors of this earth. If you lose your saltiness, how will people taste godliness? You’ve lost your usefulness and will end up in the garbage.” Matthew 5:13, The Message.
If there was one thing Jesus was NOT, he was not boring! Just like salt added to food creates interest and flavor, living life as a follower of Jesus should draw people to us out of interest and excitement in finding out more about the abundance of joy and peace and LOVE we have inside because of HIM.
Much of the world mistakenly believes that living as a Christian equates to living a bland existence of mundane rules and regulations; a life of unsalted popcorn and un-sweetened oatmeal! Nothing could be farther from the truth! Just like salt increases our thirst for something to quench our dry mouths, when we live our lives in ways that bring out the “God-flavors of this earth”, we are increasing the desire in others for some-ONE (Jesus!) who will quench their thirst for something MORE – something exciting and meaningful, something good and holy, something full of love and forgiveness, something eternal that gives us hope. We are literally called to be “spicy” little evangelists! I love that!
When Jesus spoke the words above from Matthew, his intent was to encourage his followers to act as enticing role models for those who did not yet know him; to act as witnesses for the life only HE could give. He knew that by using the example of salt, he would be triggering a word-picture in their minds of amazing worth. You see, salt was of huge value during his time for its ability to preserve food (it was pre-Maytag fridge days, you know)! As a matter of fact, salt was often traded as money – that’s how important it was! While we have salt readily available to us today, they did not. But just because we don’t give it a second thought today, let us not lose the significance of this scripture and how it applies to us even 2000 years later! We are not called to be blandly boring, sisters!
Have you heard of the B.R.A.T. diet? That acronym stands for Bananas, Rice, Applesauce, and Toast and it is “prescribed” by many doctors (and moms!) for upset stomachs. Works great when you are sick and cannot hold much down. But man, get your appetite back and living a B.R.A.T. existence sure would be boring! Being the salt of the earth is far more than living like a B.R.A.T! Instead, Jesus calls us to live a S.A.L.T. diet: Seasoning All with Love and Truth!
Let’s walk out today living a salty life so others might get a little “taste” of what it’s like to live boldly with God through our witness. You never know what might happen – but I guarantee you it won’t be just a ho-hum average day!!
Up later this week: The power of a nightlight!