II Chronicles 13:5 (AMP)
Ought you not to know that the Lord, the God of Israel, gave the kingship over Israel to David forever, even to him and to his sons by a covenant of salt?
Salt – an ingredient that gives savor, piquancy, or zest: flavor <a people…full of life, vigor, and the salt of personality: sharpness of wit: pungency: a dependable steadfast person or group of people —usually used in the phrase salt of the earth: a food preservative.
Covenant – a usually formal, solemn, and binding agreement: compact: a written agreement or promise usually under seal between two or more parties especially for the performance of some action: the common-law action to recover damages for breach of such a contract.
Salt Covenant – a binding agreement between God and a sharp, steadfast group of people who are full of life and vigor to do His work.
Salt brings flavor to food just as we are to bring light and flavor into the world. There is a very gloomy world in this temporary place we live in. As Christians, if we don’t bring flavor and hope into people’s lives, it can become a very miserable place. How do we bring this to the woman who has been abused, to the man who has an addiction and is swallowing his sorrows as he’s dying inside, and to the child that can’t find the love he/she needs; there is desperation every where. Some keep it quiet within themselves and others are vocal about it, but we all have our daily worries and struggles.
Our responsibility is to bring a smile, hope, and flavor into someone’s life. The beauty of this is it comes in various forms. You just have to pick what works for you and that person in need.
Salt preserves and allows the food to last longer. We are to be preservers of the Word and spread the Gospel with every given opportunity.
We are to protect the Word as pure as it is. If we don’t do it, who will? There are so many who try to overthrow, come against, and outright debate the Word of God with manmade beliefs. Are we to stay quiet when we know someone isn’t correct? We are to correct, in a loving Christian way, and assist until we know the Word has penetrated through.
It’s easy to debate and walk away, but what does that do to the one who is left confused and uneasy to scripture. Our responsibility is to foster, love, and uplift the person to life.
Matthew 5:13-16 (AMP)
13You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste (its strength, its quality), how can its saltness be restored? It is not good for anything any longer but to be thrown out and trodden underfoot by men. 14You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. 15Nor do men light a lamp and put it under a peck measure, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all in the house. 16Let your light so shine before men that they may see your moral excellence and your praiseworthy, noble, and good deeds and recognize and honor and praise and glorify your Father Who is in heaven.
Jesus tells us we are the salt of the Earth and we have to draw the strength that only comes from Him. Being the salt of the Earth doesn’t mean that we live a trial free life. The more we build the bond with the Lord, the more the attacks will come our way. Our reaction to that attack is the key to all of our problems.
Colossians 4:6 (AMP)
Let your speech at all times be gracious (pleasant and winsome), seasoned [as it were] with salt, [so that you may never be at a loss] to know how you ought to answer anyone [who puts a question to you].
The scripture above is so important in regards to our mouth. The other day, I started a mentoring program at the Women’s MCI Framingham Prison. As I was driving there, I asked the Lord to impress upon me what I should talk about. He stated that it was introduction time and based on what she said, I would know how to conduct the other one hour weekly meetings we have. Sure enough, that’s what happened exactly.
We introduced ourselves, talked about her and her preparation for her release date, and we finished in prayer. By the end of the meeting, I gave her a few chapters to read in the Bible to prepare us for our next meeting.
I’m not sure who was more filled; me or her. Even in your worse circumstances, you don’t know how good you really got it until you step out and serve others.
As I left the building, I saw another woman who was opening a letter and there was a picture of her child. She was saying loving words and kissing/hugging the picture. At that moment, I started to pray silently for her and whatever her situation is. Again, step out and see for yourself the opportunities that are out there. Hurting people every where waiting for a grain of salt to fall upon them and give them hope. To show them there is a better plan for them. To teach them that Jesus is just not a fairytale character in this book called the Bible. But that this Bible brings truth, life, hope, and complete restoration.
What follows is a story a friend shared with me and thought it was perfect for the devotion.
A few years ago a group of salesmen went to a regional sales convention in Chicago. They had assured their wives that they would be home in plenty of time for Friday night’s dinner. In their rush, with tickets and briefcases, one of these salesmen inadvertently kicked over a table which held a display of apples. Apples flew everywhere. Without stopping or looking back, they all managed to reach the plane in time for their nearly-missed boarding. ALL BUT ONE!!! He paused, took a deep breath, got in touch with his feelings, and experienced a twinge of compassion for the girl whose apple stand had been overturned. He told his buddies to go on without him, waved good-bye, told one of them to call his wife when they arrived at their home destination and explain his taking a later flight. Then he returned to the terminal where the apples were all over the terminal floor. He was glad he did. The 16-year-old girl was totally blind! She was softly crying, tears running down her cheeks in frustration, and at the same time helplessly groping for her spilled produce as the crowd swirled about her; no one stopping and no one to care for her plight. The salesman knelt on the floor with her, gathered up the apples, put them back on the table, and helped organize her display. As he did this, he noticed that many of them had become battered and bruised; these he set aside in another basket. When he had finished, he pulled out his wallet and said to the girl, “Here, please take this $40 for the damage we did. Are you okay?” She nodded through her tears. He continued on with, “I hope we didn’t spoil your day too badly.” As the salesman started to walk away, the bewildered blind girl called out to him, “Mister.” He paused and turned to look back into those blind eyes. She continued, “Are you Jesus?”
He stopped in mid-stride, and he wondered. Then slowly he made his way to catch the later flight with that question burning and bouncing about in his soul: “Are you Jesus?” Do people mistake you for Jesus? That’s our destiny, is it not? To be so much like Jesus that people cannot tell the difference as we live and interact with a world that is blind to His love, life and grace. If we claim to know Him, we should live, walk and act as He would. Knowing Him is more than simply quoting Scripture and going to church. It’s actually living the Word as life unfolds day to day.
You are the apple of His eye even though we, too, have been bruised by a fall. He stopped what He was doing and picked up you and me on a hill called Calvary and paid in full for our damaged fruit.