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Saltiness

posted Oct 8, 2013, 3:59 PM by Bowmansville UMC   [ updated Oct 8, 2013, 4:06 PM ]

 

Jesus said to us, “You are the salt of the earth”.  (Matthew 5:13)  If we believe in him, learn from him, and follow him in every way possible, then we are the salt of the earth.  And he said, “Salt is good”.  (Luke 14:34)

 

Salt is good because, even if it does not look fancy or glamorous, it is essential to animal life.  Salt is good because it is one of the oldest and ubiquitous food seasonings; that it gives the basic taste for food.  It makes food tasty.  Salt is also good because it prevents food from being rotten.  It preserves food. 

All this goodness of salt come from its essential property, its saltiness.

If salt loses its saltiness, then it is no good.  If salt does not function as salt, then it is no longer salt.

 

This is a question for all of us.

Are you the salt?  Do you have saltiness? Or do you function as salt?

Did you give life to others?  Are you essential to keep the life of others?

Did you give fundamental taste of the life?   Do you make people feel that their life is worthy of living?  Did you prevent people from being rotten?  Did you prevent people from any forms of evil?  These are very spiritual questions.

 

Do you live by the Holy Spirit that gives good affections to others?

However, let us first know that salt gives saltiness only when it melts down and interacts with other stuff.  Imagine salt does not melt in food.  What good is that?  Jesus said, you are the salt “to the world.”

We have many new people around this time of the year.  It is a wonderful chance for you to be melted down and give some good taste to others.  So look around and open your heart and be friends with each other.  See what kind of taste or flavor you can bring out to others?  I hope it is a good and yummy taste: a life-giving taste, a life-saving taste, or a life-preserving taste.  I hope it is not a bad or yucky taste: a life-destroying taste, a tempting taste, or any forms of evil taste. 

 

May you learn from Jesus how to be melted and give good flavor to other people!  May you remember what Jesus said, “You are the salt to the world!” 

Amen, Amen.

Pastor Youngjae



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