Salt is good ...
So therefore, any one of you who does not renounce all that he has cannot be my disciple. “Salt is good, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is of no use either for the soil or for the manure pile. It is thrown away. He who has ears to hear, let him hear.”
These last two verses in Luke 14 speaking of salt are an interesting wrap-up to a chapter that speaks of discipleship. Try substituting the word "disciple" for "salt". As we compare the two words we begin to understand the influence that discipleship is meant to have on the earth. In these few words Jesus tells us that discipleship adds flavor to the world. Before refrigeration salt helped preserve food. In like manner discipleship will cause one to persevere.
In contrast, when salt is contaminated by other minerals it loses the qualities that make it what it is. So it is when a disciple does not renounce all to follow Jesus. One cannot follow Christ except that they deny themselves and persevere in faith. It is the wise person who has inner ears that understands that the path of discipleship is one filled with obstacles and distractions. Such a disciple does not faint or lose their saltiness when trials come.
Lead me today Lord in ways that would sprinkle a loving seasoning on others' lives.