Made Someone Thirsty?

Joel Sanchez 

“You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people’s feet."  Matthew 5:13

When was the last time you made someone thirsty? Not just any thirst, but that kind of insatiable thirst that compels you to keep drinking from the fountain long after your stomach has warned you that it’s full. If you are a Christian, then this should be a regular occurrence in your life.

“You are the salt of the earth.” This is what Jesus tells a multitude that has gathered, listening to Him teach.

It is true that salt was used as a preservative in ancient times, but I doubt that Jesus is saying, “You are the earth’s preservative.” The context does not support this for later on Jesus calls them “the light of the world” and ends the section by exhorting them to live in such a way that their lives would cause God to be praised.

When Jesus tells them “you are the salt of the earth” He is saying “you should live in such a manner so that when others see your life, it will create a thirst in them, that will draw them to me.”

The challenge is that often times we don’t want to be salt. We’d rather be like the nursery rhyme, sugar and spice which makes everything nice. Others are glad going around unnoticed, bland, content to blend in. Yet the command is to be the salt of earth.

So what kind of salt will you be? Salt that’s trying to be sugar, salt that’s trying to be bland, or salt that causes an insatiable thirst?

You will know by the way others respond to you.


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