Tuesday, November 14, 2017.
Colossians 4:6 KJV
Let your speech be alway with grace, SEASONED WITH SALT, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.
Sometimes the simplest things can wield immense power. Take salt for instance. This humble compound used to preserve and flavor food actually contains powerful properties. When it comes to the kitchen, salt is perhaps one of the best friends of a chef.
In ancient times salt was a highly prized commodity. Long before the days of refrigeration, salt was essentially the ONLY means of preserving food.
In some cultures it was even used as currency, due to its VALUE. It has even been said that the soldiers in ancient Rome were paid in salt. Perhaps this is where the saying, “worth his salt” comes from.
Salt is readily available, it looks ordinary, yet it is a highly valuable mineral. Many a great dish has lost relish due to the absence of salt. Salt gives taste to food and is a great preservative.
In Matthew 5:13, Jesus tells his disciples how valuable they are when He says, “You are the salt of the earth.” And like the preservative, His disciples were to preserve the faith and morality of society. This is only achievable by a combination of uncompromised teaching of the finished work of Christ as Good News plus Righteousness evidenced by sound morals.
Pouring salt into a waste bin full of waste will often slow down the rate of decomposition, thus controlling bad odour.
Our society today is just like moral waste receptacles. Indeed the obnoxious stench of decomposing morals would have made breathing and life unbearable if not for the presence of Salt Christians in the world. Make no mistake about it, Sin decomposes morals and the decadence of the world as we know it today is ONLY being restrained by the presence of the TRUE Church of Christ.
When salt is mixed with other minerals or liquids, its taste diminishes greatly. Placing a pinch of raw salt on your tongue cannot have the same effect as dissolving it in water. Compromise in the lifestyle of believers in Christ triggers solvency and less effectiveness.
Nobody likes to use salt that is damp. People like dry salt that can be sprinkled on food. In pretty much the same way, Jesus likens moral ineffectiveness in the believer’s lifestyle to salt “losing its saltedness”.
In essence, our value to society from God’s perspective is to stand as moral evidences of God’s “tastiness” (Psalm 34:8). When people come in contact with us, they should be drawn to God by the “tastiness” of both our messages and our manners.
Are you still worth your salt? Remember that the earth is a “dish” prepared by Jesus the Master Chef. You are the salt introduced by Him to add flavour to the world He so sacrificially favoured. (John 3:16).
Peace be upon you today and always.