Saltiness (not saltines!)

I love salt. When I sit down for a meal, salt is the first condiment I reach for.salt

When I am cooking, I taste my creation often, evalutating the flavor profile. When I begin a recipe, often times the flavors are bland and uninteresting. As I add spices, notably salt, the flavors deepen. Salt brings out the natural flavors inherent within the various ingredients. I love to sprinkle salt on a fresh-from the garden tomato and enjoy the tomato’s juicy goodness. Watermelon and cantaloupe are sweeter when a bit of salt in sprinkled on them. My chili is so much more robust when I use salt to marry and blend the flavors into a rich, hearty, meal.

Even coffee these days is given to being salted. At my favorite coffee shop, there is a new treat, salted caramel macchiato! You wouldn’t think that salt would taste good on coffee with hot steamed milk…but it does! Salt even enriches my coffee!

I am reminded of Jesus’s words in Matthew 5.13, “You are the salt of the earth.” What Jesus was teaching was that wherever his followers were present, they were to enhance the world in which they lived with the in breaking Kingdom of God. Our mere presence is to bring out the God-flavors of creation. Our lives, our actions, our words, our presence is to flavor the drab, lifeless world of this age with the flavors of Christ, love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.

It is God’s plan that those living in the world would miss the presence of Jesus’s followers, should they be missing, in exactly the same way they would miss salt on their eggs in the morning. The world should KNOW that the followers of Jesus are busy bringing God-flavors to our world.

I wonder how we, as disciples, might be saltier salt in this world. could it be that we could love more fully? Perhaps we could give more of ourselves, our possessions, our resources, our talents away, that they world might see Christ in us. Maybe with might advocate for justice, and those who cannot advocate for themselves. Maybe we could walk across the street, get to know our neighbors a  bit better. We might even get really crazy and sit down and have coffee with someone who may be different from us.

Just my ramblings today… Pass the salt, please!