Salt is a preferred preservative everywhere. We use it to preserve foods over long periods of time. The salt kills off the bacteria that would otherwise cause the food to decompose. It also heals wounds when carefully applied. Those with teeth decay are often told to gaggle warm salty water as a remedy. Interestingly, they are also told to stay away from sugary food like chocolate. A sweet tooth must be followed by a salty tooth brushing otherwise your dentist will not be impressed.
In the same way, God has called the Christian to be a preservative to the world we live in. Your home, community, city and nation are your primary mission field. They ought to be preserved from decay by interacting with you. Don’t just blend in with the crowd but stand out and be the bacteria killing agent of the kingdom of God. Correct, instruct, direct and bless those you come into contact with. Encourage the lowly, feed the hungry, pray with the sick, love the lost and point everyone you interact with to the cross of Jesus.
You know you are having an impact when people begin repenting or just apologizing for the wrong they are doing. Some may just keep quiet every time you walk into the room. That generally means whatever they were talking about wasn’t constructive and your presence makes them uncomfortable talking trash. Be a preservative by dealing with the bacteria around you and pointing all to the eternal life God presents. This doesn’t necessarily mean standing on the street corner and preaching your heart out, though it may for some. It means allowing the life of God to follow through you in your everyday doings. God will save your city if only you are the salt. Remember Lot?
SCRIPTURE READING: Genesis 18:22-32 Then the men turned away from there and went toward Sodom, but Abraham still stood before the LORD. And Abraham came near and said, “Would You also destroy the righteous with the wicked? Suppose there were fifty righteous within the city; would You also destroy the place and not spare [it] for the fifty righteous that were in it? Far be it from You to do such a thing as this, to slay the righteous with the wicked, so that the righteous should be as the wicked; far be it from You! Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right?” So the LORD said, “If I find in Sodom fifty righteous within the city, then I will spare all the place for their sakes.” Then Abraham answered and said, “Indeed now, I who [am but] dust and ashes have taken it upon myself to speak to the Lord: Suppose there were five less than the fifty righteous; would You destroy all of the city for [lack of] five?” So He said, “If I find there forty-five, I will not destroy [it.]” And he spoke to Him yet again and said, “Suppose there should be forty found there?” So He said, “I will not do [it] for the sake of forty.” Then he said, “Let not the Lord be angry, and I will speak: Suppose thirty should be found there?” So He said, “I will not do [it] if I find thirty there.” And he said, “Indeed now, I have taken it upon myself to speak to the Lord: Suppose twenty should be found there?” So He said, “I will not destroy [it] for the sake of twenty.” Then he said, “Let not the Lord be angry, and I will speak but once more: Suppose ten should be found there?” And He said, “I will not destroy [it] for the sake of ten.”
DEVOTION PRAYER: Almighty God, as a preservative in this world, guide me to always walk in these lines. May I stand out in my community and the area that I live in as a true minister of God Amen.