“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. You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:13-16
The notes in my Life Application Study Bible for this verse talk of the flavour aspect of seasoning and how if spices lose their flavour they are of no value. I heard a different application for salt this week that inspired me as it relates to a year of increase so I pray it does for you also.
Someone was describing what a pot of water that is almost boiling or is already boiling does if you add salt to it; the water will begin to almost roar. The word that was used to describe the boiling water was that it becomes effervescent. The point was made that the salt added more than an increase in efficiency, and perhaps flavour to the plain water; the salt in the analogy added a sparkle and excitement to water.
I don’t know about you, but I like to see these things for myself. I could have boiled a pot of water and added salt, but thought I might find a video online that would be faster (haha). I did find a video and I also learned that by adding salt to a small amount of boiling water in a pan will actually cause the salt to multiply as the water evaporates. Hmmm…
What if, through the Holy Spirit living in us, we have the power to take something that is already useful and working and multiply its effectiveness and efficiency? It seems that many people look at the world around them and either accept it for what it is, or have thoughts that might sound something like, “Someone is getting rich off this.”
This defeatist mind-set often shows up for employees who accept the rules and structure of their workplace because they believe they are powerless to change the situation or that their input will be accepted or acknowledged.
If you have an idea that can improve a situation, streamline systems, or benefit others, regardless of your ‘position’ ask the Lord prayerfully for wisdom for how and who you might share your ‘salt’ with. He will guide you and protect you and help you to bring your unique ‘flavour’ to whatever the situation is for the benefit of all and to His glory.
Sometimes you might need some moral support to keep your ‘saltiness’ fresh. It’s more normal that our ‘light’ can become dim from time to time but an encouraging word from another ‘light’ can enhance both of you and bring a multiplied blessing to both of your situations.
In my experience too often we let our past experiences affect our expectations about the situations we face. This will cause our ‘salt’ to lose its effectiveness or to become ‘used up’ as well as cause our ‘light’ to become dim. “When two or more are gathered in His name, there He is also” (Matthew 18:20) which means we have access to infinite possibilities – beyond anything we could ask or imagine.
This week, I will be delivering the inaugural Encouraging Possibilities workshop at Cloverdale Christian Fellowship in Langley, BC. This program marks the beginning of what I pray will be a full schedule of both live and online programs. I am completing a new book for this event so you can look for that shortly. And in the meantime, I encourage you to look at the draft schedule of upcoming events if you are local, and to stay tuned for the launch of some online programs in the next couple weeks!