One Another Devotion - Day 13
Mark 9:50 (TPT)
“Salt is excellent for seasoning. But if salt becomes tasteless, how can its flavor ever be restored? Your lives, like salt, are to season and preserve. So don’t lose your flavor, and preserve the peace in your union with one another.”
When our boys were younger, we had a wonderful girl from Brazil, named Ana, live with us for a year. She was a Foreign Exchange Student and we loved our time with her. She brought so much fun and richness to our lives and Beau and Keenan both loved having her as their big sister that year.
At the end of the school year, her parents and sister came to visit for a couple of weeks and one Saturday they treated us to our own private Brazilian BBQ. This was not a meal - but an event. We seriously sat on the back porch for about 4 hours and kept talking and laughing and telling stories while Ana’s dad continued to BBQ different meats and bring them to the table for us to enjoy. It was fabulous and delicious.
One of the things I remember about this feast is that Ana’s dad put rock salt on each of the meats that he was cooking. The steaks had rock salt, and so did the sausages, and so did the pork. All of the meat was on trays covered in salt waiting for it’s turn on the grill.
Salt was used to both season the meats, but to also preserve them until it was their turn on the grill. And truly - it was one of the most wonderful meal-events that our family has ever had.
Salt is a seasoning - it brings flavor.
Salt is a preservative - it prevents decomposition or decay.
Jesus tells us that our lives are like salt. Our lives are meant to both season and preserve whatever we touch. With that in mind, we are supposed to bring flavor and peace to one another.
Recently I went through an Examen exercise that asked me if I was bringing life or death to the people around me. It is kind of like unity and salt. Are the words that I am using and my actions and behaviors toward other people bringing life to the relationship, or bringing death to it. If my words and actions and behaviors are like salt - then they are bringing good flavor and life to the relationships around me. If my words are not like salt, then relationships around me will be bland, at best, and will potentially decay.
I want to be salty. I want flavor, life and unity in the relationships around me. I want to be a life-giving additive, not a death-bringing distraction to the people around me.
Salty. Let’s work on being salty. And, go enjoy a great steak tonight to commemorate your saltiness in the lives around you!
1. Who has brought flavor and been a preservative in your life? Give them a call today and tell them.
2. Where have you you been the salt that has preserved relationship with someone recently? How did that make you feel?
3. Are there any relationships in your life that need your “salt" on them right now? What is God asking you to do about that?
4. Salt in a salt shaker does very little. What do you need to do to get out of the salt shaker?