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Shaked It...Brother...Shake It
Shake It...Brother...Shake It
I had the privilege this morning to speak at the Unity Breakfast at Sylvania High School. The thought was from Matthew 5:13...Ye are the salt of the earth; but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.
We were reminded from this text that Jesus was comparing our influence as Christians to salt. Salt is a very interesting commodity. Salt is made up of two chemicals, sodium and chlorine or chloride. Each of these chemicals left to their own are deadly. But God took two poisons and mixed them together and produced something good and beneficial. I learned in my study preparation of the text that there are 14,000 different uses for salt. Only 5 % of the uses of salt have to do with taste. I also learned that salt was a valuable commodity in Bible days. Salt was traded ounce for ounce with gold. Wages were paid in salt. Thus we get the phrase 'not worth his salt'. The phrase 'salt of the earth' speaks also to the value of salt. Because of the absence of refrigeration salt was a precious commodity in the preservation of food.
Therefore our...your...my influence as a believer in a decaying world is vital today!
A story is told of a man that went into a mom and pop grocery story and ask if they had any salt. The owner of the store told the man to follow him. He took him over to a wall that was lined with shelves full of all kinds of salt. The owner of the store asked the man to follow him again. He then took him to the backroom of the store and showed him another wall that was full of salt. The man was overwhelmed at all the salt. The owner of the store then said to him follow me again. He took him to the basement of the store and there again were shelves filled with various kinds of salt. The man looked at the owner of the store and said, "You must sell allot of salt." The owner replied, "No, but that salt salesman that comes by here once a week, sure does know how to sell salt."
Salt that is left in the shaker is of no value. For salt to fulfill its purpose it must be removed from the shaker or container. SHAKE IT...BROTHER...SHAKE IT, today! Through our influence may we point someone to the Lord Jesus Christ!
Because of HIM!