Re:Verse passage – Matthew 5:13-16 (day four)

In our house, one of our favorite cookbooks is Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat. It has great recipes, but even more importantly, it explains why those four elements are essential in making a great meal. Salt is important in cooking because it brings out the flavor that already exists in the other ingredients. It helps us perceive the wonderful, natural flavors of the food we’re eating.

As the salt of the earth, we’re called to help people perceive the goodness of God that exists in the earth he created, and in the presence of his Spirit. As salt, we help bring the God-flavor of the world to peoples’ senses. Sin tends to dull our tastebuds and make it more difficult for us to perceive God’s goodness. As salt, we invite people to taste and see that the Lord is good.

Similarly, we can’t perceive color in the dark. The dark world that we live in makes it difficult to see where God is. As the light of the world, we help people see the beautiful God-color all around them. We’re not creating flavor or color of our own, we’re simply pointing people to the miraculous goodness that already exists in the presence of God. Let’s consider: how does your life help others taste God’s goodness? How do you help people perceive God’s beauty?

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