Daily D – Matthew 5:13
“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.” (NIV)
“Let me tell you why you are here. You’re here to be salt-seasoning that brings out the God-flavors of this earth. If you lose your saltiness, how will people taste godliness? You’ve lost your usefulness and will end up in the garbage.” (MSG)
“Let me tell you why you are here. You’re here to be salt-seasoning that brings out the God-flavors of this earth.”
Eugene Peterson had a way with words, didn’t he? The Message paraphrase often amplifies an idea in just the right way to help us see what we would otherwise miss.
A few days ago, our family was browsing the Williams Sonoma store in University Village in Fort Worth. This is a fun store for adults. There are cool appliances like pizza ovens and coffee grinders and espresso machines. There are also varieties of spices for different kinds of meals.
Looking at the different rubs and seasonings made me want to go to Costco to buy pounds of meat to grill or smoke. I could smell the combination of hardwood and charcoal, beef and salts and peppers.
God placed you and me here in this time at this place to bring out the best in others. We are “salt-seasoning that brings out the God-flavors of this earth.” We preserve goodness. We amplify beauty, wonder, and delight. People see how good God is when they encounter our lives.
With the conscious awareness of this role in our lives, how will you live differently today? What goodness will shake from your life into the incidents and accidents of this day? How will you add God-flavors to every conversation?
How will you be good for something today?
I will bring out the God-flavors of this earth.
Our Father, I want to be good for something today. Use my life to preserve goodness and to add flavor. Use me in whatever manner you see fit to bring out the best in others. Amen.
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Jonah 4:2, 3 So he complained to the Lord about it: “Didn’t I say before I left home that you would do this, Lord? That is why I ran away to Tarshish! I knew that you are a merciful and compassionate God, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love. You are eager to turn back from destroying people. Just kill me now, Lord! I’d rather be dead than alive if what I predicted will not happen.”
Joel 2:12, 13 That is why the Lord says, “Turn to me now, while there is time. Give me your hearts. Come with fasting, weeping, and mourning. Don’t tear your clothing in your grief, but tear your hearts instead.” Return to the Lord your God, for he is merciful and compassionate, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love. He is eager to relent and not punish.”
Hosea 14:8, 9 “O Israel, stay away from idols! I am the one who answers your prayers and cares for you. I am like a tree that is always green; all your fruit comes from me.” Let those who are wise understand these things. Let those with discernment listen carefully. The paths of the Lord are true and right, and righteous people live by walking in them. But in those paths sinners stumble and fall.”