It was a nice evening, and we had settled down to cook a meal at home.
My husband and I had tag-teamed in cooking one of our favorite Asian dishes, Pad Thai. Being the adventurous cook that I am, I decided at the last minute to add some specialty sea salt to the dish instead of the regular kind that the recipe called for, unaware of just how strong it was. Had I known, I would have used much less.
We each took a bite of our dish and the reactions were instant. Arghh! Our faces twisted up, eyes watered, our mouths assaulted by this potent flavoring, making the dish almost impossible to eat, let alone enjoy.
After a few more courageous bites, we gave up and had to throw it out. It was simply not salvageable.
We were aggravated that we had just wasted an hour and then ruined a perfectly good dish with too much seasoning.
I often wonder if our reaction to that culinary blunder is similar to the reaction people who do not know Christ have at times? For instance, what about the times we hyper-spiritualize our beliefs? Or when we aren’t authentic on how we live?
The Bible talks about salt saying that we are the salt of the earth. We are to add flavor to our world, but not OVERPOWER it.
When a meal has the right combination of ingredients, it can be enjoyable and fulfilling. When it has too much of one ingredient, like salt, it can ruin the whole thing.
When we become legalistic or religious, it can push others away from the very thing we want to draw them toward, Jesus Christ.
On the flip side, if salt loses its flavor, it is good for nothing. We are not called to blend in, but to stand out. If there is nothing about your life that shows God is real to you, then why would anyone want to believe in him?
Finding the right balance of ingredients like love, acceptance, honesty and so on, these things are so important in reaching others for Christ.
Would you consider how you can be salt to someone in your world? Do you remember a time when have you overdone it? What can you and I do differently to be better witnesses?
I challenge you today to be more purposeful in living out your faith without overdoing it.
Purpose in your heart to be authentic and intentional in how you live.
I hope you will choose to be salt and light. That way, the people we are trying to reach will say, “Pass the salt, please?”
“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.
Matt 5:13 NLT