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02/01/2011

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Adding Some Favor


"Is tasteless food eaten without salt, or is there flavor in the white of an egg?" (Job 6:6)

My lesson this past Sunday was about us as being salt and light. I would like to share a few thoughts with you about the salty part. This wonderful metaphor really makes a lot of sense. There are many things out in the world that are quite unsavory. God surely does not like the wickedness of the world. As His followers, one of our objectives ought to be making the world more palatable to Him. In Genesis 18: 20-32, we find Abraham bargaining with God over the destruction of the city of Sodom. Abraham says: "What if there are 50 righteous people in the city? Will you really sweep it away and not spare the place for the sake of the 50 righteous people in it?" God answers that He will spare the city for 50 righteous people. Abraham then gets bold and tries for 45....then 40...30...20...10...Each time, God says that He will spare the city. Our saltiness is to be those righteous people so that God will continue to bear with the many wicked. Not only are we capable of making the world more palatable for God, but our saltiness can make it more bearable for others. The really good flavor that the world has ought to come from the citizens of God's kingdom here on earth.

As a former science teacher, I am able to extend the metaphor. Salt is certainly an interesting compound. Pure salt (sodium chloride) is a compound made up of one atom of the element sodium and one of chlorine. Sodium (Na) is a soft silvery metal that is highly reactive. So reactive that it will explode when brought in contact with water. Chlorine (Cl) is a highly reactive greenish gas that would cause acute damage to the upper respiratory system if inhaled. We started out as sodium and chlorine, but when God came into our lives we were able to become salt. We are to use this saltiness to flavor the world in a positive way. We must not allow impurities to sneak in and cause us to lose our effectiveness. "But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again...It is no longer good for anything" (Matt. 5:13). We can stay salty by keeping close to God through His Word, prayer and good fellowship..The world needs the flavor that only we can add...

Have a great day...Go about doing good... Love mark Phil. 4:11

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