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Lighthouses & Salty Oceans

13“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.

14-16“Here’s another way to put it: You’re here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world. God is not a secret to be kept. We’re going public with this, as public as a city on a hill. If I make you light-bearers, you don’t think I’m going to hide you under a bucket, do you? I’m putting you on a light stand. Now that I’ve put you there on a hilltop, on a light stand—shine! Keep open house; be generous with your lives. By opening up to others, you’ll prompt people to open up with God, this generous Father in heaven. (Matthew 5:13-16 The Message)

“You are the salt and the light of the world”… These two things hit close as my family and I toured much of the scenery of Florida recently. From swimming in the saltiness of the Atlantic Ocean to catching sights like the Ponce de Leon Lighthouse – these verses have taken on a fresh light. (no pun intended)

(More after the jump) …

Why Salt?

Jesus said that we are here to be “salt”. That’s an interesting item for us to be. Swimming in the ocean – it stings your eyes. For many with several health issues – salt is a “no no”…so why salt? In the days of Jesus’ statement, salt was acquired from the seas and found to have a remedy for a problem…electricity and, thus, refrigeration and freezers wouldn’t be built for a loooooong time after. Foods could be covered in salt to help preserve them. I can remember growing up and spending summers with my grandparents on their farm. They had a working “salt house” where meats were hung and stored without refridgeration but preserved by salt.

Second, salt was used back then the same we we use it today – to make the flavors of food stand out. Most of us ask for salt before we ever even taste the food we are about to eat because we have come to aquire the taste of the seasoning.

So – why salt? In one essence, just as the preserving qualities of salt, we are meant to preserve the Word and preserve the world. In the same sense as salt being a “flavor-booster”, we are to enhance the “flavor” of everything that is God. We don’t create the meat – but we show the world the flavors of it by bringing it out much like a pinch of salt does. Just as some of us reach for the salt before tasting the food it flavors, we are the first point that many people will encounter before searching God.

When salt in old days sat for too long…it lost its flavor. It wasn’t worth too much then…and was thrown out. How can we “lose our flavor”? For that – we visit one of the most famous lakes in Christianity:

The Dead Sea

The Dead Sea is exactly what it sounds like…except that it is a lake. It is dead. Nothing lives there. Don’t expect to go fishing and reel in a boatload. You’ll be very dissapointed. There are no fish…no plants…nothing. God made a promise to wipe out Soddom many years ago – and this “Dead Zone” to this date…is the only thing that remains of the city that once thrived with evil. The Dead Sea is also nearly 30% salt. Contrast that with the nearly 5% salt that most other oceans are…and you will quickly determine why it is “Dead”. The Dead Sea gets saltier day by day because of one simple fact…

The Jordan river and a few other canals go into it…but absolutely nothing originates from it and flows out.

Hang on to that thought for a minute. This lake has water bodies that flow into it but none that flow out like other seas do. This causes the water there in the lake to evaporate quickly leaving salt behind. It loses water faster than rainfall or the in-coming water sources replenish it, therefore making it saltier by the day.

Still Salty – But Dead

Consider this – if we have so many resources pouring into us: The Word, church, influencers around us, etc … yet we don’t let those things also flow OUT from our lives….our salt is WORTHLESS to the plan.

Dead…

13“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.

We’ve addressed “salt” – I want to hear YOUR comments on “light” and how we are to be “light”. Let’s have a great discussion below in the comments section!

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