May Devotion

Salt

In Matthew’s Gospel, Jesus tells us that we are, “the salt of the earth.” (Matthew 5:13) Of all the things Jesus could have used for comparison, what is it about salt that has characteristics we should strive to emulate? Here are a few thoughts.

1. Salt is a flavoring. Adding a little salt to a tough piece of meat will tenderize and make that piece of meat go down a little more easily. Likewise, when we find ourselves locked in a tense moment with a coworker or neighbor, we can be “salt” by injecting a word of peace into the conversation. “Hey, Tony. This is getting a little out of hand. Listen, let’s get a cup of coffee and talk this over. What do you say? So I noticed the football team has started practice. Is your son going out for the team this year?” So just like with a tough piece of steak, you’ve added a bit of salt and made a tough moment go down a little more easily.

2. Salt is a preservative. Before refrigeration, fresh meats and fish were preserved in salt. When that meat was needed, it was unpacked and rinsed off and ready to consume. It was perfectly preserved and not corrupted by the environment. We do the same with The Word of God. We read and study His Word and keep it in our hearts and minds. The day we need that spiritual nourishment, we can unpack what we’ve kept in our hearts. It is unspoiled an not perverted by worldly influences.

3. Salt makes people thirsty. Jesus is the source of Living Water and drinking from that fountain will satisfy for a lifetime. We, as followers of Jesus, cannot supply that Living Water but we can make others thirsty for that water. When you share your faith with others and they respond saying, “That’s interesting. Tell me more about that.” You’ve made them “thirsty.