Today's devotion for today is based on Mark 9:50, where we hear Jesus say, "Salt is good, but if it loses its saltiness, how can you make it salty again? Have salt among yourselves and be at peace with each other."
It's hard to imagine salt losing its chemical properties. But if that were possible, it would make what is typically a beneficial substance into a useless one. If salt no longer can season your food, and if it loses its ability to prevent food from spoiling, what good is it? You may as well throw it away!
Jesus wants all who trust in him to be "salty" people. And when we trust in Jesus as our Savior, that is what we are. We are the salt that God uses to preserve this world. The faith that God has worked in our hearts leads us to love Jesus, who sacrificed himself to pay for all our sins. And that love for Jesus overflows into our love for others, which leads us to serve them and be at peace with each other.
Please pray with me: Jesus, you've called us to live as the "salt of the earth." I wrestle this morning with the question of how a believer in you loses their saltiness. I know it happens. There are times when I see it in myself. My saltiness can only come from you, so I pray, Come, Holy Spirit, come! Don't let us lose our saltiness. Don't let us disengage from our calling to be the salt of the world. Amen.