The Lord commissions us to be the salt of the earth. Salt, as we know it, is made up of tiny, seemingly insignificant granules that make bland foods quite tasty. In a similar way, when we add sprinkles of compliments and encouragement to our conversations, bland relationships become “tasty.” “Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt” (Colossians 4:6 esv).
The taste of food is enhanced when spices are added to give it flavor. We are to also add flavor to the lives of others. Scripture explains our purpose: “Let me tell you why you are here. You’re here to be salt-seasoning that brings out the God-flavors of this earth. If you lose your saltiness, how will people taste godliness?” (Matthew 5:13 msg).
Our lives become a blessing when God uses us to add flavor to other’s lives. I was asked to join a couple of believers who visit an assisted living facility each week. I agreed to go with them once. Joining them was not a top priority, but I reluctantly tagged along. One man plays the guitar. The other person and I joined him in singing happy songs and praying for the residents.
It made an impact on me when I saw the residences faces light up when we entered their rooms. Some sang with us. A number of them reached out to hold our hands when we prayed for them. Compassion swept over me when I realized how long the hours must seem as they lie there staring at the ceiling day after day.
I was shocked when they seemed amazed we took the time to visit. Most of their countenances brightened when we acted as if we cared. Some clapped their hands. Most all of them expressed sincere gratitude because we came to encourage them. It was a profound reminder that life is not all about me. Forgive me Lord, for my insensitivity. Yes, I plan to go again.
Salt acts as a preservative. Reaching out to others is a way to show God is at work in our lives. It helps preserve their faith in God and man.
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