How Salt is Used

In our daily lives, salt has a number of uses. For examples: flavoring food, preserving, on icy roads, etc. It has certain uses, spiritually. First, let’s think on Mark 9:49: “For every one shall be salted with fire, and every sacrifice shall be salted with salt.” I take “everyone shall be salted with fire” to mean that the fire of suffering and affliction may cause an unsaved person to turn to Jesus. In the life of a believer, purifying fire may burn away the dross of sin in the life and/or show us that God will help us survive troubles and tests. In either case, our lives will have a flavor of grace, peace and joy, that some watching will want to taste for themselves. Next, in the case of unsaved people turning to Jesus, this kind of fire may be used to deliver them from eternal fire. Finally, in Verse 50, Mark states: “Salt is good: but if the salt have lost his saltness, wherewith will ye season it? Have salt in yourselves, and have peace one with another.” If we are born again, our lives should have and display a Heavenly flavor that appeals to many people. if we don’t have this kind of saltiness, we have little to attract others. The only way for Christians to have this kind of salt is to study, apply and obey God’s Word. When and if we do this, we can be and we need to be at “peace one with another.” In the hymn, “Bring Forth the Kingdom,” Marty Haugen gives meaning to Godly lives that have the salt of God’s Word operating in their lives: “You are the salt of the earth, O people: salt for the Kingdom of God! Share the flavor of life, O people; life in the Kingdom of God! Bring forth the Kingdom of mercy, bring forth the Kingdom of peace; bring forth the Kingdom of justice, bring forth the City of God!” Selah! Let God’s Word bring thirst for salvation to lost souls. Let God’s Word enable those who know Him to spread the salt that produces the thirst.   Ron

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