Tuesday, February 2, 2016

The Importance of Salt - Daily Devotional from Dr. Michael Yousef, Leading the Way Ministries

Here is today's devotional from ltw.org.
I hadn't spent too much time thinking about what it means to be "salt", but I will now. What are your thoughts about it? What does salt meant to you?

February 2, 2016
The Importance of Salt
By Michael Youssef, Ph.D.
Jesus said that we are "the salt of the earth" (Matthew 5:13). The value of salt, especially in the ancient world, cannot be underestimated. Roman soldiers received their wages in salt. The Greeks considered salt to be divine. The Mosaic Law required that all offerings presented by the Israelites contain salt (see Leviticus 2:13).
When Jesus told His disciples that they were "the salt of the earth," they understood the metaphor. While the universal importance of salt is not as readily apparent in our modern world, the mandate that Jesus gave to His first disciples is still relevant and applicable to His followers today.
What are the characteristics of salt that caused the Lord to use it in this context?
Theologians have different theories about the meaning of "salt" in Matthew 5:13. Some think that its whiteness represents the purity of the justified believer. Others say that salt's flavoring properties imply that Christians are to add divine flavor to the world. Still others believe that Christians are to sting the world with rebuke and judgment the way salt stings an open wound. Another group asserts that, as salt, Christians are to create a thirst for Christ.
Salt, however, has another vital purpose which is probably what the Lord had in mind -- it stops decay. When Jesus said, "You are the salt of the earth," He meant that all of His disciples were to serve as preservatives, stopping the moral decay in our sin-infected world.
Prayer: Father, help me to remember that I should be a preservative in this world of what is true and good and right. Help me to obey Your Word so that I can be more like Christ. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.
"Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is -- his good, pleasing and perfect will" (Romans 12:2).

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