Good day friends! I pray your week and weekend went well!
Readings for Feb 9, 2020; Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany
Isaiah 58:3-9a; Psalm 112:1-9; 1 Corinthians 2:1-12 (13-16); Matthew 5:13-20
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. Matthew 5:13
I’m not a fancy cook by any means. In fact, I cook pretty basic meals. However, despite my mundane dishes, I have learned over the years how much of a difference salt makes to a dish. Salt can tenderize a tough piece of meat. Even just a little bit of salt can bring out so many flavours in a dish and can make the whole meal so much more enjoyable for those eating it.
In the above passage, Jesus compares those who believe in him with the characteristics of salt. How are we like salt? Well, I believe the answer can be found a couple verses later where Jesus talks about our good deeds. You know those acts that God has prepared in advance for us to do, as stated in Ephesians 2:10? However, I do not believe our good deeds are just those random acts of kindness that are promoted throughout society. God’s good deeds are different. They are constant and ongoing. They occur when we approach all situations and relationships with grace and mercy. They occur when we sprinkle grace, when we live out the fruits of the Spirit, in our own lives. A little love, a little kindness, a little peace, they stand out and are noticed by others. They tenderize tough situations. These characteristics are what make us the salt of the earth. Therefore, let us reset our minds and hearts in order to approach all our situations and relationships with God’s saltiness.
Unfortunately, it’s a reality that at times life may cause us to lose our saltiness. Have you ever felt like you’ve lost your saltiness? Have you felt disheartened? Discouraged? Bitter? Angry? Worried? Have you experienced loss and grief? Oh this world is filled with situations that would cause us to lose our saltiness. Oh yes, there are times when there is no saltiness left. There are circumstances and situations in our lives that change who we were and we no longer have the energy or desire to sprinkle our salt, our granules of grace, around like before.
If this is the case for you, go be refined by the perfect Refiner. You can take your bland, exhausted, disheartened, embittered self and let him guide you to a renewed strength and faith in him. Lay your unsaltiness before the Lord and let him heal you, and make you new. No you will not have the same flavour as you had before, but you will have a new saltiness and a new direction in which to sprinkle his granules of grace, which he has already prepared for you.
Prayer: Dear Lord, life can be hard and there can be so many things that would keep me from being your ‘salt of the earth’. Refresh me, renew me, guide me, and strengthen me to approach all people and circumstances of my life with a sprinkling of your grace, and fulfill the good deeds that you have prepared for me to do. In Jesus’ name I pray. AMEN!