Posted by: trbccoffeebreak | September 8, 2020

Do You Make Others Thirsty?

“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 underfoot.” Matthew 5:13

Today, people have a love-hate relationship with salt. We love the way it makes our food taste better when it’s added in the right amount—too much, though, and it can ruin a meal. And, for some, overusing salt produces a biological response that raises their blood pressure, creating a health risk.

In Matthew’s gospel account of the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7), Jesus told His disciples that they are the salt of the earth—and the same message is true for His followers today. This lesson has many layers, especially when you study the different uses (and incredible value) of salt in Jesus’ time. There’s the preservation significance of salt, as there was no refrigeration. This equates to how we, as Christians, are to be preservers of God’s Word. There’s the flavor aspect of salt—and our call to flavor our world with the love, mercy, and grace of Jesus.

But I want to look at a different quality of this simple mineral—one we all know for sure (and an aspect restaurants use as a standard profit-maker): Salt makes us thirsty. When we eat something deliciously salty (popcorn, chips, Chinese food, etc.), we want a tall glass of water nearby. Biologically speaking, when our bodily fluids and blood get saltier than the cells, vital water is actually pulled out of the cells. Those cells begin to protest, signaling the brain to tell us, “Hey! We need more water in here!” Hence, we feel thirsty.

So, when it comes to creating thirst for Jesus in others, how are we doing? Are the words we speak—and the tone we use—deliciously salty, inviting others to drink from the Fountain of Living Water (John 7:37-38)? Are our actions kind and grace-motivated, pulling from the other person the desire for more…and the desire to know more? When we interact with others, do we leave them with a pleasant taste? Or, when our paths cross with others, do we leave a nasty bitterness in our wake that merely produces a desire for them to rinse and spit?

Convicted? Yeah, me too.

Friends, let’s make an effort today—and every day—to be the salt of the earth, as Jesus encourages us to be. Let’s be preservers of the Word. Let’s flavor our homes, workplace, and community with grace. And let’s behave in a way that leaves others thirsty for more of what we have…Jesus.

“Lord, may I be salt and light to the world today, especially as Truth evaporates and the darkness deepens. Let me represent You well.”

For His Glory,

Julianne Winkler Smith
TRBC Women’s Life


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