Thursday, June 26, 2014

A Lil' Dab'll Do Ya

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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
My grandpa Ed died when I was 8 years old.  That means I have a fairly limited amount of memories about him.  However, there's one thing that has ALWAYS stuck with me:  

A Lil' Dab'll Do Ya.

I remember Grandpa saying that when we would be painting with water.  You know the books that you could buy at a Ben Franklin?  They looked like coloring books, but the pictures were drawn with colored lines and when you'd apply the tap water with a brush, the colored lines would run and become "paint."
Grandpa would caution us, "A lil' dab'll do ya..."  
He meant, "Don't use too much water, or you'll ruin the picture."

That was good advice; important advice.  I demolished many a piece of art by using too much water...the paper would become soggy and tear or the "color" would be so watered down that there was no intensity to it at all.

Jesus gave us the same advice, just in a different way...
"You are the salt of the earth..."
We all know the medical warnings against too much salt...a large salt intake can have a negative effect on blood pressure.   We also know that too much salt can RUIN a great food.  Too much salt can dehydrate us; it sucks the water from where it needs to be in our bodies; from where it gives us the most benefit.  God tells us to use specifically small amounts of salt when he tells us to "season" our offerings to him with salt:
"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
The definition of SEASON is:  To add zest, piquancy, or interest to.   Yahoo Dictionary

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.  

Hmm...interesting...

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.

~Tammie Hefty

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