A short devotional on Matthew 5:13. For more ways to connect visit UmpquaConnect.org.
Good Morning! I'm your host Lonnie Wibberding, and you are listening to Umpqua Connect. A daily devotional podcast sent out from the beautiful Umpqua Valley of Southern Oregon.
Today is Tuesday, September 29, 2020.
We are in the Sermon on the Mount again today. Jesus is still preaching His radical ideas to the crowds.
He is talking about salt.
Matthew 5:13 says:
13 “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.
What does He mean by comparing us to salt? Well, salt does two things. It preserves, and it flavors.
I am reading a book by Samin Nosrat called, "Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat". In it the author suggests if a person can master using Salt, Fat, Acid, and Heat, they can improvise and make food taste good. Know the principles and you don't need a recipe.
I've learned a lot about salt. More salt is not always the answer, but having salt in the right place makes a difference. As the book suggests, instead of putting a few teaspoons of salt in my spaghetti water, I put 2/3rds of a cup. Then I poured it off. Overall, since the water was disposed of, there really wasn't that much salt. But here's what happened.
The spaghetti didn't taste salty, but by allowing it to soak into the pasta, rather than just be on the surface, it brought out the flavors that were in the wheat.
You couldn't taste the salt, but the salt was making other ingredients pop.
And perhaps this is the lesson Jesus is trying to teach. His followers make the world a better, more flavorful place to live -- even if we don't always see it is them that is doing it.
It is our call and our privilege to bring flavor to the world.
"You are the salt of the earth"
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May God Bless your day. We'll talk again tomorrow