Blessed… Stay Salty

You are the salt of the earth. But if salt loses its saltiness, how will it become salty again? It’s good for nothing except to be thrown away and trampled under people’s feet (Matthew 5:13, Common English Bible).

Chemically, it is almost impossible for salt to lose it’s saltiness. Sodium Chloride, common table salt, is an extraordinarily stable mineral. This mineral, itself tastes salty. Combined with other things, makes them taste more or less salty, depending on how much salt you place on other things.

About the only way for salt to lose its saltiness is for it to be absorbed by something else. Even then, if the salt is absorbed by say water, the water would itself become salty. If the water were left in the sun to evaporate, the residue left behind would be salt. For salt to lose it’s saltiness in water would require significantly more water than salt. Even then, when the water evaporated away, there would probably be some salt left.

So, what did Jesus mean when he talked about salt losing its saltiness? In Jesus’ day, salt’s most common use was in preserving meat. Meat would be heavily salted in an effort to slow natural decay. Salt was usually obtained from salt marshes. The salt would contain many impurities. Often because of these impurities, the salt was not usable in its primary function, preserving meat. Therefore, this unsalty, salt was worthless. It was thrown out into the street and trampled under foot.

The metaphor doesn’t work the same today. Our salt comes from salt mines and is pure salt. There aren’t usually any impurities present. That wasn’t so for the ancients.

Jesus’ implication, however, is as true today as it was in the first century. There are impurities in the world around us. There are things that can contaminate us and make us difficult at best to use. We become the salt that has lost it’s saltiness.

Think about it this way. If a person is an accountant and volunteers to help a church with its finances and he then embezzles church funds, would he be trusted again to use his knowledge of money to help the church with its bookkeeping? It wouldn’t happen in my congregation. This is a person who has lost his saltiness.

This is just one example. In recent years, well known Christians have been caught in lies that have brought down their ministries. Losing the truth is like losing our saltiness.

For most of us these are extreme examples but the same thing could be said for the person who spends Saturday night drinking and Sunday morning repenting. Or, what about the person who talks about love and then commits some form of abuse against others?

The list of possibilities is endless. When we live out these “ways of life” we, in effect, lose our saltiness. We lose it because we have probably lost the way God gave us to make a difference in the world. And, once we have lost it, it is difficult to impossible to ever bring it back again.

You and I, we need to be constantly aware of the impurities around us. They might make us lose our saltiness.

In what ways are you in danger of losing your saltiness?

Have a blessed day in the Lord and Stay Salty!

Joy and Peace,
Keith

Copyright 2017, J. Keith Broyles, All Rights Reserved

Published by drjkbroyles

I love Mike Ashcraft's book, "My One Word." For the past nine years I have participated and encouraged others to participate to in the "My One Word" Challenge. My first word was discipline was my word the first year. Since then my word has been focus, sight, jungle, peace, concentration, serve, genuine and this year is fit. I seek to be fit for my health, my family, my church, my ministries. I seek to be fit in any are of my life where God might point to me. I also have a nickname, "Dr. B." When I was a public high school teacher, Dr. B. is what most of my students called me, at least in my presence. I am still called that by many people though I no longer teach in public schools. I am the author of "Average Joe: With an Extraordinary Story" (available on Amazon). The book fits into the genre of "Biblical Fiction" or "Christian Fiction" and features some of the Bible's lesser known characters. The name of my blog is, "Fork in the Road." Life is filled with forks in the road. It isn't a matter of if we encounter a fork in the road, but when will we and how many will we experience in a lifetime. I love to strum my guitar. I am not a great guitar player but I enjoy it. I also enjoy writing music. I get excited with I feel a new song emerging. I live with my wife Cindy and our little dog, "Bishop" in Lufkin, Texas. I spent the past 30 years as a United Methodist pastor, serving churches all over east and southeast Texas, from just north of Tyler to south of Houston, from the Gulf Coast to east of Madisonville. I currently serve Perritte Memorial UMC in Nacogdoches. I spent one year in the classroom, teaching High School government, economics, psychology, and sociology. Cindy and I have been married for 43 years. We have two grown sons and six grandchildren, three boys and three girls. I enjoy preaching and all it's aspects from research to writing to the actual preaching event. I also love writing, reading. I have dabble in drawing and "painting" with pastels as well as woodworking and woodcarving. My current projects are two ukuleles. I collect, repair and restore guitars too. I play the guitar (badly, but I still do) I also enjoy working with paracord on various projects, mostly prayer ropes I usually give away. I hold an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Business Data Processing, from San Jacinto College in Pasadena, TX, a Bachelor of Science in Political Science with a minor in History from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, TX, a Master of Divinity from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX and a Doctor of Ministry from Carolina University of Theology. This blog started out as devotional writings. In August of 2020, I made a major change to the blog, switching to a daily theme format. Sunday Sermon-usually my manuscript sermon Miscellaneous Monday-misc. writing, poetry, ministry Tuesday Thoughts-Devotion Wed. with Wesleys-hist. & theol. of early Methodists TED Talk Thursday-Video & appl. in current theology Five for Friday-5 things I've seen & my thoughts Sing-Along Sat. - Usually a new song I have written I write, "Strumming a G-Chord with Dr.B." to get my thoughts onto something permanent. After all, they say, once something is on the internet it never really goes away. Still, I hope you enjoy reading it. Who knows, it might generate a bit of discussion between you and me and anyone else who might make their way here. Seeking the Genuine, Keith Lufkin, Texas August 2020

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