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14 October 2010

Good for Nothing?

9:35 AM Posted by steve flores , 3 comments
"You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people’s feet." (Matthew 5:13, ESV)

In my spice cabinet are spices I have used, maybe, one or two times. I don’t know why I keep them. Maybe, I’m too lazy to actually clean it out or I think, “I’m gonna use this one day!” Truth is, I rarely use it and end up throwing it out. It either resembles the consistency of a bouillon cube or is bland and stale and it needs to go! It’s pretty useless and takes up space. It’s frustrating when I actually use it, because it is ineffective in it's intended purpose. It’s good for nothing.
I wonder if this is what Jesus meant when he talked about saltiness. It sounds harsh to think of Jesus saying something like that, but if salt has lost its flavor, what good is it? I get it, but it doesn’t make it any easier for me to process. I wonder if I’m good for nothing at times. I’m sure I have been. I’ve sat on the sidelines many times, words becoming stale, heart becoming hardened and seemingly waiting to be thrown out. It’s scary to think, “Am I good for nothing?”
Jesus said this as a wake-up call. Previously he spoke, what we call the “Beatitudes,” and it was revolutionary. This salt speech was no different. I believe Jesus was saying this, “Listen, you have a purpose. If you are all of the things I said before (in the Beatitudes) then, yes you are blessed, but be a blessing also. You are supposed to add flavor to this world, don’t just sit idle and allow yourself to become stale.”