While many of us want to be assured that our daily fare is well seasoned, we are often in too big a hurry and just accept things as they are given to us. We may remind ourselves later that we would have done things differently if we were doing the cooking – things are just flat when they do not have enough salt. Could it be that life in general needs the same thing that our food needs – a little more salt?
As far back as the days of Moses we find him telling the people – And every offering of your grain offering you shall season with salt; you shall not allow the salt of the covenant of your God to be lacking from your grain offering. With all your offerings you shall offer salt (Leviticus 2:13). One of the definitions of salt is that which preserves, corrects or purifies. I doubt many of us think of that these days. Salt has simply become something that makes food taste better. Has the passage of time caused salt to lose its value? Today’s doctors will often tell us to cut back on salt, that it is really not good for us, especially as we get older. Hmm! just maybe we should consider how we can please our Lord and our doctor at the same time.
If we return to the days of Jesus we will find Him telling the people – You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men (Matthew 5:13). Mark follows with another of the words of Jesus – Salt is good, but if the salt loses its flavor, how will you season it? Have salt in yourselves, and have peace with one another (9:50).
Well, we finally found the answer. Salt is not simply something to put on food to make it taste better, it is something a life needs to be significant. And, after all, that is what our Lord desires for us to be: a people who can and will make a difference because of what we know, what we believe and how we will live our lives in this world. Surely as we look at our newspapers today we realize that somehow or another we have gotten off the beaten path. Obviously we cannot back up in time, but we can strive to correct and improve our actions as we deal with the children God has created.
If you followed up the first reference in Matthew you will find Jesus adding these words – A city set on a hill cannot be hidden….let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven (14,16). So now we have our answer as to what we should do, but how do we go about adding these instructions to our already overloaded lives?
First of all and most important we need to make the time to be still, to read, to learn and to listen. You don’t have to understand right now all there is to know, seeds that are watered will grow and in time you just may look back and as is with all growth wonder why it took you so long. However, in the process you will find that our Lord, our Creator has always been available, is ever forgiving and loves His children more than we will ever understand.
Without a doubt we are living in hard times; times filled with anger and jealousy, and even simple hatred. People who are without the treasures of life are looking for them, but in the wrong place and the wrong format. Things will never fill or satisfy us in this earthly life no matter what we may think or accomplish. The best thing we can do is to follow Paul’s advice – Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how to answer each one (Colossians 4:6).