Too Much Salt

Tuesday, May 1, 2001

Matthew 5:13 – You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt has become tasteless, how will it be made salty again? It is good for nothing anymore, except to be thrown out and trampled under foot by men. (NASB)

The other day, I was eating breakfast at a local restaurant, when I decided to add salt to my eggs and hash browns. I love salt; it enhances the taste of the foods I love to eat. But on this morning, I added too much salt to the meal. When I took a bite, I found there was no flavour — only a burning sensation touching my taste buds.

I took note, and questioned myself about how we, as salt, must taste to others when we overwhelm them with a spiced-up message of the gospel.

It's easy to understand why sometimes the reaction of other people to our words can be so rash. When we overwhelm them, we have ruined the message for them — at least for that particular moment — just as my breakfast was ruined by the harshness of all the salt.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, please help us to be alert to your Holy Spirit when we witness for You. Help us to be attractive light flavouring. Keep us from becoming a blast of harsh spices void of flavour, useless to others and to You. In Jesus' name. Amen.

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