Stan and I sat across from one another at breakfast. “Would you pass me the salt?” I asked.
Stan handed me the salt shaker and I promptly shook it over my scrabbled eggs.
“That was interesting,” Stan said.
“In what way?” was my response.
“First, you didn’t even check to make sure it was salt in that shaker. Second, you didn’t even taste your scrabbled eggs before you started shaking the container over them.”
“You think I should have tasted to see if it was really salt?”
“I always put salt on my scrambled eggs, so there was no need to taste them first.”
“But you never know. You could have ended up with really salty eggs. Or they could have been covered with something else if it wasn’t salt in the shaker.”
“Stan, are you always that careful with your own food?”
“Yes, I usually am,” was Stan’s reply. I enjoy food too much and hate to waste money too much to risk ruining a perfectly good meal!”
Stan continued, “And I have another point I want to make about salt.”
“O.K.”, I said. “Let’s have it.”
“Salt has two basic purposes, to enhance flavor and to preserve.”
“Jesus told His disciples that they are the salt of the earth. He had a very important reason for saying that.”
“Which was what?” I asked.
“His disciples are to enhance and preserve. They are to make a difference for Him on this side of eternity. They are to shine light into the darkness to remove it, thereby enhancing His presence. And they are to preserve the goodness of His presence by being His disciples.”
I chimed in, “And that consists of denying self, doing what He has for me to do, and following Him wherever He leads. Right?”
Stan responded, “That is what being a disciple is all about.”
“And it is not a once for all time thing,” Stan continued. “Choosing to accept the free gift of salvation is a one-time forever decision. But choosing to be a disciple of Jesus is a daily, moment-by-moment choice.”
“It is choosing to be the salt and light He intends,” Stan concluded.
Let you light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven. Matthew 5:16
Prayer: Lord, you know how hard it is for me to be and to do what you intend. I ask for your help in leading me to be the salt and light you want for your purposes to be accomplished in and through me. Please, Lord, lead as you choose, and help me to follow wherever you want to take me.