August 20, 2021

Saltshaker Syndrome


“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


In previous days we have look at three functions of salt—salt preserves, enhances, and entices. We looked yesterday at one problem with salt—it may lose its flavor or saltiness if it gets diluted with other stuff.

Today, we look at the second problem with salt—it is ineffective if it stays in the saltshaker.

In our home, we have a variety of saltshakers. We have a fancy one for special dinners, a common one for daily use, and an electric one I personally like—you press a button, and salt comes out without shaking. We can set the saltshaker on the table for a meal but just setting it on the table doesn’t do anything for the food. You have to apply the salt.

If there is no contact between the salt and the food, there is no change.

As followers of Christ, we must do more than gather in a church building or a small group with other believers. We must actively go into our world and make contact with those who need salt.

Coming to corporate worship, a small group, a support group, and participating in the daily Bible plan are all ways to fill up our shaker. But at some point, we must go pour the salt out on a world that is in desperate need of salt.

Have you poured out any salt this week?


Holy Spirit, please help me see who in my world needs Your salt. Help me to be a shaker that is constantly running dry because I’m pouring out so much to others.

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