Today’s Verse

Salt is good: but if the salt have lost his saltness, wherewith will ye season it? Have salt in yourselves, and have peace one with another.

Mark 9:50

Wednesday, August 31

Have you ever thought about the characteristics of salt? Salt is a defense against spoiling. Before the days of refrigeration, meat was packed in layers of salt to preserve the meat until it could be consumed. 

There is a storage facility in Kansas where everything from court documents to original classic film negatives are stored in a salt formation for preservation. Our church should preserve our community; keep it from spoiling.

Salt is a delicious additive for seasoning. You know well that just a little shake of salt can dramatically add flavor to a dish. It adds a little “bite” to our food. Christians always confront worldly views. We flavor our culture. I’ve been told by several who have had COVID that they will use additional salt to help them better taste their food as their taste seems to have been permanently affected. 

Salt is a distinct alternative to sickness. People who are exposed to excessive heat take salt tablets to increase their bodies’ craving for water. Their salt-induced thirst prevents dehydration and death. Take any hike here in the Tucson heat and you will quickly understand the need for salt tablets. 

We are to be different from those around us so that others will be thirsty for our lifestyle. Jesus said we “are the salt of the earth.” He didn’t say we might be salt, we could be salt, or even we can be salt. He says we “are” salt. You don’t have to pray, “Lord make me salty, help me to be an influence.” You are salt. You are an influence. Just shake it out! You need to become an inside-out person.

Weekly Memory Verse

Bear ye one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.

Galatians 6:2

"Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passions, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence."
- John Adams

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