Word For Today: Salt to Preserve

Word For Today: Salt to Preserve
Word For Today: Salt to Preserve

Matthew 5:13 (AMP).(13) “You are the [a]salt of the earth; but if the salt has [b]lost its taste (purpose), how can it be made salty? It is no longer good for anything, but to be thrown out and walked on by people [when the walkways are wet and slippery].

One of the common uses for salt was as a preservative. Before we had refrigerators salt was used to preserve foods like meat and fish lest they decay after a few days. Think about Jesus telling the disciples to cast their nets for a catch in Luke 5, they caught so much fish their boat and that of their friends were sinking because of the great catch of fish.
Do you think they consumed all that fish in a day or two? No, and that is where the salt came in to preserve.

We live in a world that is perishing under the rot of moral decay. Everywhere you turn to, you cannot believe the new low that is becoming normal. You and I are to be the salt of the earth. How do we do that, how do we fight this moral decay?

First, by not being part of it. Just because it seems like everybody is doing it does not mean God approves of it. Remember Joseph and Potiphar’s wife? Joseph did not allow the moral decay of his time to get to him. He maintained his purity, and so should we.

Not only should we not be part of it, we should also take a stand and speak against the moral decay of our day. My pastor once told me what you allow you will eventually accept. We live in a world where when you speak against the moral decay in society people unleash the scripture “judge not” as a way to insulate themselves and numb the guilt.

Even what the Bible calls sin has been given different soothing names like “alternative lifestyle” or “affair” to numb and defuse the reality that it is sin. Paul in his writings does not beat around the bush. He boldly takes a stand against moral decay and he calls out sin as sin without mincing his words. He does not give it space and he points people to repentance which is what we are to do.

Salt does sting especially when you place it on a wound but that stinging nature cleans and prevents the wound from decay and rot. And so it is that when we tell people the truth by calling out sin, it does sting but if one heads to that call then their lives are saved from rot and decay.

What is the state of the place that God has planted you? Is it on decay at a rapid rate or has the process been slowed down because you are there and the effect of your saltiness is being felt?

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Word For Today: Salt to Preserve

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