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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Acts 10:34, 35 Then Peter began to speak: “I now realize how true it is that God does not show favoritism but accepts from every nation the one who fears him and does what is right.”
Acts 5:38, 39 Therefore, in the present case I advise you: Leave these men alone! Let them go! For if their purpose or activity is of human origin, it will fail. But if it is from God, you will not be able to stop these men; you will only find yourselves fighting against God.”