JUST SOMETIMES JESUS SPEAKS WITH A THREAT IN HIS VOICE. WHEN A PERSON IS ALWAYS CARPING, CRITICIZING, AND COMPLAINING, HIS IRRITABLE ANGER CEASES TO HAVE ANY SIGNIFICANT EFFECT. HOWEVER, WHEN SOMEONE'S ACCENT IS THAT OF LOVE SUDDENLY SPEAKS WITH A THREAT, PEOPLE ARE BOUND TO LISTEN. WHAT JESUS IS SAYING IS THAT WHEN A THING LOSES ITS ESSENTIAL QUALITY AND FAILS TO PERFORM ITS ESSENTIAL DUTY, IT IS FIT FOR NOTHING BUT TO BE THROWN AWAY.
JESUS USES SALT AS A SYMBOL OF THE CHRISTIAN'S LIFE. WHAT, THEN, ARE ITS ESSENTIAL QUALITIES? IN ISRAEL IT HAD TWO CHARACTERISTIC USES.
(1ST) SALT WAS USED AS A PRESERVATIVE. IT IS THE EARLIEST OF ALL PRESERVATIVES. WITHOUT SALT, A THING BECOMES PUTRIFIED; WITH IT, FRESHNESS IS PRESERVED. THAT MEANS THAT TRUE CHRISTIANITY MUST ACT AS A PRESERVATIVE AGAINST THE CORRUPTION OF THE WORLD. THE INDIVIDUAL CHRISTIAN MUST BE THE CONSCIENCE OF HIS FRIENDS, AND THE CHURCH THE CONSCIENCE OF THE NATION. THE CHURCH MUST NEVER HOLD ITS PEACE THROUGH FEAR, OR FAVOR OF MEN.
(2ND) SALT WAS USED AS A FLAVORING. FOOD WITHOUT SALT CAN BE INSIPID. THE CHRISTIAN MUST BE A PERSON WHO BRINGS FLAVOR INTO LIFE. THE CHRISTIAN IS A PERSON WHO, BY HIS COURAGE, HOPE, CHEERFULNESS, AND KINDNESS BRINGS NEW FLAVOR INTO LIFE. THIS IS THE FUNCTION OF THE CHRISTIAN; HE WHO HAS AN EAR TO HEAR, LET HIM HEAR.
Life Application: What kind of salt are you? This has made me search my own life to be sure of my "salt".
Praise/Prayer: Dear Father, You are so different from the world. You want Your children to be like You, and not like the world we live in. Father, we need an outpouring of the Holy Spirit now so that we can really be the salt we are supposed to be. Father, our world is in such a mess. I feel that the Christian community desperately needs the dynamic of a fresh wave of the Holy Spirit, so we can be what we are supposed to be. Amen!