One of the household duties that my wife has assigned to me is that of filling the salt shakers. I gather the shakers from around the house and carefully pour the salt into each one. Inevitably some of it gets spilled but I quickly wipe up the excess.
Jesus spoke to his followers about salt. He said that we are the salt of the earth (Matt. 5:13). In Bible times salt was used as a preservative from spoilage. It also serves as a seasoning to food. Salt also has the capacity to create thirst.
It is not too difficult to see how Jesus wants us to be the salt of the earth. By our words and our witness we should aid in keeping the environment around us from the spoilage of sin. We should season our speech with the salt of a distinctive biblical witness. Paul told the believers in Colosse: “Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer each one” (Col. 4:6). We need to sprinkle the salt of a distinctive biblical witness into our conversations. Salt should come from our lips but also from our lives. However, before we can do that we need to spend time filling our own salt shakers. We must take the time to be sure that the pure undiluted Word of God is poured carefully into our own soul. We have to study the Word and learn God’s directives. We must also discipline ourselves to be salty Christians. The salt of a pure and holy walk with God must be poured into our daily walk.
I am told that the salt content of the Atlantic Ocean is greater than that of the Pacific Ocean. But the salt content of the Dead Sea is the greatest of all. Just as the oceans of the world differ in their salt content so does the child of God. Someone once said that salt is useless until it gets out of the shaker. However it is also true that salt can’t be sprinkled out until it is poured into the shaker.
Pastor Stultz has been writing this weekly devotional for many years. In 2009, he published a compilation of devotionals in book form, also called Moments of Meditation