Sunday: February 9, 2020
Matthew 5:13 Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.
When one cooks a dish, a mixture of spice and ingredients are used. Together, there is a harmony of flavours but each ingredient must preserve its unique taste in isolation. In effect, whatever ingredients are present ought to remain detectible even in harmony with other flavours. Once this perception cannot be done, the ingredient although maintains its effect, loses its identity.
The same applies with salt: ‘While salt identifies with what it is mixed with, it never loses its own identity’. Its presence is detectible and that ought to be the identity of the Christian: to remain in the world but not be of the world. To affect the world, but not lose our sense of identity. To be salt that preserves, without losing our taste.
That’s may sound simple, but it is anything but that because to stay as salt requires some work, particularly, greater awareness and intentionality. Sweetheart, don’t take this for granted because it is very easy to lose our unique selves when in ‘harmony’ with others.