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"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 NIV
Grandpa would caution us, "A lil' dab'll do ya..."
"You are the salt of the earth..."
"Season all your grain offerings with salt. Do not leave the salt of the covenant of your God out of your grain offerings; add salt to all your offerings." Leviticus 2:13 NIV
We are called to use a "lil' dab" of salt to the world by adding zest; by getting people interested in God, questioning Him, seeking Him, yearning for a closer relationship with Him. We are not called to slam an entire block of salt on someone's head. We are not told to throw God's word at people to condemn them.
Furthermore, we are told to season ALL of our offerings...which means that EVERYTHING we do, we do FOR God. Whatever our profession, whatever relationships we have, whatever decisions we make for our lives...they are ALL to be seasoned with salt; they are ALL to have a "lil' dab" of God in them.
"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."According to the Morton Salt website, salt on it's own does not expire. However, if you add other ingredients to salt, like iodine, the salt will have a limited shelf-life.
If we are the salt of the earth, and salt that has "expired" is not good for anything and should be thrown out...then, we better not try to add other ingredients to our faith besides the PURE world of God. We can't change God's word, we can't adjust it to be more "PC", and we can't "add" to it.
The minute we start playing God, we may as well climb up onto a shelf and wait to expire.A lil' dab'll do ya. Keep it simple. Keep it pure.
Pray: Father God, thank you for giving us your word, and for giving us the Holy Spirit who helps us keep our saltiness here in the world. Help me to know just how much salt to sprinkle and where to sprinkle it. Father, help me to never lose my saltiness here on earth. Amen.