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Preservatives


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.”

So far we have learned about how being the salt of the earth means that we are to be a living taste of Christ, how our living as salt is used by the Holy Spirit to melt hearts for the Gospel and the healing properties of salt. Today we look at one last aspect of salt before delving into light.

Being the salt of the world as a preservative may seem like a stretch of the illustration but when we delve into the preservative process a little more I hope it opens up the parable to help us understand a little deeper what it means to be the salt of the world.

Salt has been used through the ages as a preservative enabling food to be stored from harvest through the winter. Water in food is where bacteria sets in to do its damage and salt works as a preservative because it reduces the water activity in the food.

So in what way does our living as the salt of the earth act as a preservative? We stated earlier this week that to be the salt of the earth our life has to be lived different than that of the world. When we are living as we should our lives will be displaying less and less of the bacteria of sin. So if we are looking at bacteria as the sin of life our parable starts falling into place.

Sin isn’t something that we alone deal with. Sin runs rampant in this world and the world could definitely use more salt of the earth to preserve a sense of righteousness in our culture. I’m sure we can all agree sin is multiplying year by year in our society and that is because there is less and less saltiness in the Church. We have loss our saltiness and therefore are failing at preserving a culture that reflects Christ.

This does not mean that if we all act as we are called to be, as the salt of the earth, that our world would instantly become the place of peace we desire. There will always be sin in the world but unless we are living as we are called to live we will be missing out on less sin in our lives and in our relationships and that is one of the best ways to show the world what Christ is all about.

Making It Personal

What must you address in your life so that the bacteria of sin can be kept away? What is the sin that is the biggest bacteria in your life? Have you ever thought about how your sin is causing a ripple effect in our world?

Making It Personal Kids

Have you ever dropped a stone into a puddle or lake? How many ripples does it make? Did you know that when you sin it may cause others to sin too? Did you know that when you live like Jesus other may learn to live like Him too?

Closing Prayer

Father, thank You calling us out to live as Your example to the world. You are preserving our lives and we should be living as salt to bring others to that preserving kind of life too. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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