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August 16, 2021

Preservation

TODAY’S SCRIPTURE

“You are the salt of the earth. But what good is salt if it has lost its flavor? Can you make it salty again? It will be thrown out and trampled underfoot as worthless.”

Matthew 5:13 NLT

TODAY’S THOUGHT

Let’s talk about being salt. In the ancient world, salt was a rare commodity that was used to purchase and barter. Salt was used for three primary functions. We will talk about each one on a separate day.


The first function is as a preservative. The Egyptians used salt to protect their fish from decay. This practice spread to other people groups and meats. My grandparents had a meat house where they hung meat that was rubbed with salt.


Salt acts as an agent to draw the water out of meat. Bacteria require water to grow and infect the meat. When the water is removed, the bacteria are unable to grow, and the meat is protected from decay.


As salt, we are to be the preservative of our society. We are to protect the moral integrity of our culture. Our presence in culture should delay the decay of society.


When you hear of a Christian or pastor talking about how bad society has gotten, you should note that they are only admitting they haven’t done a good job. My society is corrupt because of sinners that run my society.


Dogs bark. Birds fly, Golfers golf. Sinners sin. We should not be surprised when a sinner sins—that is their nature. As followers of Christ, it is our job to block the spread of sin in our society because we have chosen to be present as a positive influence on society.


Are we doing our job well? From many appearances, it appears we are not.

TODAY’S PRAYER

Holy Spirit, please help me to do my part in preserving the moral integrity of my world. Help me to be faithful to Your truth and live that truth in every part of my life.


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