You are the salt of the earth.

“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 by men.” Matthew 5:13

Salt’s unique substance enhances the flavor of foods. A pinch makes a boiled potato or bowl of pasta delectable.

One of my African assistants, Miss Titi was the salt of the earth. When our taxi broke down miles from a village, she tied the larger baskets together, lifted them to her head and began walking. No complaints. No grumbling. Hiking along the trail she told us pleasant anecdotes with a smile on her face. She pointed out plants, good for food and medicine. Her upbeat attitude made us all forget the arduous climb up a mountainous path or over a treacherous river.

The Holy Spirit flowed through her helping and serving others. She prayed, read the Bible and came to work faithfully every day. After caring for the sick, she never boasted of her well-skilled treatments.

Her pleasant attendance, like salt turned every unsavory situation into a delightful experience. Working long hours far into the night became a sweet, memorable day.

Sickness was a time to rest and allow God to heal. We may have gone without food and water, but Christ was hungry and thirsty, so a little deprivation had to be good for us. In the three years she worked with me, she never reproached, shouted, became angry, impatient or complained about anything.

She seasoned all of us all the time with the presence of God. Everyone loved her. She spiced up those around her with good taste, common sense and laughter. God’s presence flowed through her to enhance and improve each one of us. The Lord in her became the superior spice added to our everyday lives.

As Christians, we are the salt of the earth to flavor people and situations around us. We should be a tasty seasoning in every circumstance and place. God’s presence in us should improve others with His love.

Since we are the salt of the earth, let’s act like a delightful spice.

Please join me again next Saturday.

This was an earlier devotion but reposted by request.




About celestecharlene

I served as a medical missionary in West Africa for thirty years treating the sick and establishing health clinics in rural neglected areas.
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