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Disappearing Act

Matthew 5:13-16

Verse 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.

Yesterday we talked about how salt enhances flavor and our lives. Today we look at another of the special ways that salt works in our life.

As soon as winter appears on the scene we are all buying salt. It has a great ability to melt ice to keep us and others from slipping and getting hurting. There are salts for various types of outdoor surfaces and even special types to make sure that our furry family members are safe. But no matter the type of salt, it does the job of melting that is needed.

So you may be wondering how this image of salt can apply to Jesus telling us that we are the salt of the earth. How are we to act as a melting agent in our world and what are we to be melting?

Obviously we aren’t talking about the ice made of frozen water. We are to be the salt of the earth. This world is iced against the Gospel. We may live in a place where there are more church going people than other places but there are still people we will encounter who will be icy if we bring up the Gospel. We may shop with them, work with them, or maybe they are members of our own families.

So how can we be salt and melt the ice? Remember that there are different kinds of salt for different base surfaces. And just as we wouldn’t use the same kind of salt in places our pets don’t walk than where they do, we need to find out the surface under the person’s icy response to the Gospel. For example let’s say it is a family member that is icy to the Gospel. We tend to know a bit of their background and may even know of a hurt that has caused them to become iced. For the sake of illustration let’s say they have been hurt because a Christian they held in high esteem being outed about a sin and so our relative gave up on all Christians believing they are all hypocrites. That is where we throw the salt of our life.

We are the salt of the earth and as the salt we need to be living in such ways that melt the ice that has been built up in some people’s lives because of people claiming Christ and not living as the salt of the earth. We can melt the ice in the world when we live as Christ, proving He is real and He changes lives.

Making It Personal

Do you know someone who is icy to the Gospel? How have you responded to that person in the past? What is a way that you can be salt in their lives to help melt their hearts?

Making It Personal Kids

Object lesson time! Take and ice cube and put it on a small plate. Now take the salt shaker and sprinkle a little on it and watch what happens. Keep adding a little more salt, noting what happens to the ice. What is something you could do to act like the salt in someone’s life?

Closing Prayer

Father, thank You for giving this image of how we are to be Your melting agents for those who have iced their hearts against You. Give us the courage to know how we should be the salt in the lives of those around us. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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