ID-100350081Luke 14:34-35 “Salt is good for seasoning. But if it loses its flavor, how do you make it salty again? Flavorless salt is good neither for the soil nor for the manure pile. It is thrown away. Anyone with ears to hear should listen and understand!”

Sometimes life can stink. I’ve even heard people say, “My life is crap right now!” We’ve all had some seasons where we experienced a series of unfortunate events and it seems like your life resembles a dunghill. The difference between a believer going through a bad season and an unbeliever is their ability to alter what life brings. Even the bad stuff that happens in your life can be recycled if you hold on to your saltiness.

Jesus was teaching his disciples on the importance of being salty. Salt was an important ingredient in Jesus times. Because they didn’t have refrigeration, salt was used to preserve meats, fertilize the land, and help convert manure into fertilizer. Just like salt believers are supposed to do three things.

  1. Season life. Believers are supposed to add flavor. Whenever we who have the fruits of the spirit come around we are supposed to season the room with love, gentleness, kindness, peace, joy, long suffering and self-control. Things should get better when Christians come around. We’ve got to have flavor for our neighbors.
  2. We should make the soil fertile. The right balance of salt in the soil makes it conducive for plants to grow. Too much salt withers the plants. Too little salt stunts growth. Salt less Christians do not make an impact on the growth potential of their environments. You remain salty by staying prayed up and engaging others through godly behavior.
  3. You turn manure into fertilizer. There’s a lot of manure that goes on at work and in the world. Sometimes you feel like walking out and saying, “I don’t have to take this manure!” But God has given you the ability to use your saltiness and use this manure for your good!

Salt can enrich a manure pile by converting the ammonia that would be released in gaseous form into two solid components, carbonate of soda and muriate of ammonia, both useful to plant growth. What could be offensive is working out for your good.
Good artists use painful situations to write powerful songs. Good comedians use their pain to make you laugh. Good athletes like Michael Jordan use the words of their opponents as fuel for their fire. Whatever manure you run into today use your salt to convert it into fertilizer to help you grow to the next level!

Somebody who has a lot of manure going on ought to get excited.

There was a scientific experiment with two children to see how they responded to what life presented them. One child was put in a room full of brand new toys. The other child was put in a room for of horse manure. The scientists put them in the individual rooms and came back an hour later. The child in the room full of toys had torn up the toys because he got too much too fast. He couldn’t appreciate what he had. The other little girl in the room full of horse manure had manure on her hands and clothes. The scientists asked her why she had all this manure on her. She said, “With all this manure in here I knew there had to be a pony in here somewhere!”

Dear God,

Help me to look for the positive even in what stinks. Give me the ability to convert mess into miracles. Use me to transform my environment into something fruitful and productive. Don’t let me lose my flavor!

In Jesus Name,

Amen

 

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