Just before we left for church, I decided to put the rice in a bowl with salt and boiling water to let it soak so long. By the time I get home from church, it would only need a bit of microwave time to cook. I put the rice in a bowl and while I was waiting for the kettle the boil, I took some salt in my hand and strew it onto the rice. It disappeared. Right before my eyes, it disappeared. I stood for a moment, amazed that it disappeared into the dry rice so fast. It didn’t clog together, it didn’t cling to one another, it simply disappeared in between the bigger grains of rice.And obviously, I remembered these few verses in Matthew:
Matthew 5: 13-16
“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 underfoot. “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.
We are the salt of the earth. Jesus said that. So what does it mean?
It means we cannot take ourselves out of the world just yet. We can’t live secluded and avoid every person not in our church. To add any value, we have to mix with the world. In order to make a difference to the world, we must mingle with the world. But at the same time, we have to bring flavour to the world. A Godly flavour. Without salt, a dish is bland. Without Christians, a conversation should be bland. It’s not like that I know.
Somewhere we are doing something wrong. The world should be craving our company, our flavour, but they despise it quite often. Why?