Stay Salty!

Friday, November 28, 2008

Expiration dates are printed on just about everything nowadays, even on cans of soda. One place you will not find an expiration date, however, is on salt. Ever hear anyone say, “This salt tastes old. It must not be very fresh”? Probably not.

Salt never goes stale.

Jesus said “Salt is good, but if it loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is fit neither for the soil nor for the manure pile; it is thrown out” (Luke 14:34-35)

If there is no such thing as fresh or stale salt, how could Jesus say this? There are two ways salt can lose its saltiness.

One is by dilution. The other by pollution.

Put some salt in a glass and add water. Stir, taste, and then add more water. The more you dilute the salt, the less you will taste it. Soon it has no value as salt.

Or, take some salt and add to it other things. Continue to mix in things, polluting the salt, and eventually you will not notice the salt. Its saltiness is lost to the pollution.

Followers of Jesus are to be the “salt of the earth.” (Matthew 5:13) But our saltiness can be lost the same way. Our testimony can be so watered down that by dilution it loses its saltiness. Or, so much other stuff can come into our lives that our testimony is lost due to pollution.

Stay salty! That is what Jesus wants. Do not let into your life things that will dilute or pollute.

(c) firstIMPRESSIONS, Volume 8.46. Live for God, on purpose, affecting the world around you for the cause of Christ, not becoming diluted or polluted by this life.

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1 comment:

Anne said...

Oh, I like your points! "Stay salty" is going to be a great reminder for me. Thank you!