How to Maintain Your Saltiness

How to Maintain Your Saltiness

How to maintain your saltiness

‘Go tell it to the mountains’ was the first thing that went through my mind when I learned this week’s Five minute Friday prompt was ‘tell’. We are indeed commanded to go and tell everyone that Jesus has come for each of us. But are we really living out this command? How does is show in our everyday life? Ouch.

“Let me tell you why you are here. You’re here to be salt-seasoning that brings out the God-flavors of this earth. If you lose your saltiness, how will people taste godliness? You’ve lost your usefulness and will end up in the garbage. (Matthew 5:13, MSG,*)

Are you bringing out the God-flavors of this earth? Or have you lost your saltiness? Do you live for yourself, lead by your own whims and wants? Or do you live for Christ, lead by God’s will and guidance?

It is so tempting to blend in. It is so easy to be satisfied with Sunday Christianity and living on our own the rest of the week. But we forget life does not revolve around us. Life revolves around Christ. It always has and it always will.

We need to decide whether we want to be part of what God is doing in this world through Christ. If yes, we need to keep being salt in the world. And if we want to be put in use as salt, we need to keep ourselves from contaminating with other minerals and getting diluted in water. Because that way we keep losing some of our strength, quality, and purity. And little by little we end up losing our saltiness. And if that happens we are not good for anything any longer.

You see, there really are different grades of quality and purity in salt. Only the highest quality of salt reaches our dining tables. The more we are blended with other minerals or diluted in water, the less useful we become. How then can we maintain our saltiness? How can we do our duty as the salt of the earth?

By staying pure.
By staying true to the gospel.
By staying connected to Jesus.

Gracious God,
Forgive my selfishness.
Forgive for forgetting your plan for me and the world.
Make me pure and holy like you.
Enable me to stay salty and ready to be used.
Use me to bring out the God-flavors!
In Jesus’ name,
Amen

Q4U: How are you telling the good news of Jesus Christ? Is it difficult for you to stay salty? How do you maintain your saltiness?

Be blessed, my fellow pilgrim, as you let the Holy Spirit use you as salt!

* [As you might have noticed, I enjoy reading the Bible in different translations and love comparing them. I have started linking the Bible verses to Biblegateway.com so you can easily read (and compare) them in the different versions I’ve used while preparing each post.]

Image courtesy of Timothy Lester, design Mari-Anna Stålnacke. Linking up today with Faith-filled Fridays, Five Minute Friday and Faith Jam.

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