The I AM says I am influential!
“You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.” (Matthew 5:13)
If you love chocolate the way I do, you are sure to want one of my family’s old traditional recipes on your breakfast plate tomorrow, Cocoa and Biscuits. Some people call this dish, Chocolate Gravy, but no matter the name of the recipe you use, you’ll call it delicious. I have great memories of my mother cooking this wonderful treat for my family. And although I could sometimes talk her in to cooking it on a random weekend, it was primarily something that she prepared for special occasions, most specifically Christmas Eve. Early on in my marriage I was excited to prepare this dish for my family and carry on the custom. I believe that I have mentioned once or twice that I am not the best cook. But this recipe seemed easy enough so I thought I would give it a try. In addition to the cocoa, flour, sugar, milk, butter, and vanilla, it called for a pinch of salt. I wasn’t exactly sure what a pinch of salt really looked like so the first time I prepared this delicacy, I barely added any salt. My results were not so good. It was definitely lacking in flavor. The next time I made it, I added too much salt, it was inedible. But by the third time I made the dish, I had added the right amount of salt; and it was perfect. The amount of salt really influenced the dish... too little and it was bland; too much and it was a turnoff.
In our spotlight scripture, we see that Jesus refers to His followers as the salt of the earth. What does this even mean? Well, during the time when Jesus was delivering His famous Sermon on the Mount, salt was an extremely valuable commodity that was not only used in seasoning food but also preserving meat to keep it from rotting. Notice that Jesus says we ARE the salt. We don’t have to become the salt; it is who we are in Him. So therefore, as followers of Christ we are valuable. But we are also called, through our influence, to serve as a seasoning agent as well as a preserving force in the world.
If we know Christ, we should live our life in a way that effects our family and friends, people in the work place, and society as a whole. God wants to use us for His glory. We all know about the importance of having “good” influences in our life and being a “good” influence for others. But Sisters, I don’t know about you, but I am more interested in “God” influences! I want to be surrounded by Godly women who can season my walk with Him. I want to be that Godly example to those around me to do my part in preserving His kingdom.
Growing up my grandmother always kept a salt substitute on the table. I never liked the way it tasted. I always opened the cabinet and grabbed the real stuff. When you and I get out our salt shaker to let others see and taste life with Christ, let’s remember to be real. When we authentically share all that God has done for us, He gets all the glory. So today, shake up your world a little bit, sprinkle a little Jesus all around, and shout, “I am influential…because He said so!”
Additional Reading: Isaiah 40:9; Isaiah 42:5-7; Galatians 1:21-24; Colossians 4:5; Mark 9:49-50; 1 Corinthians 11:1; 2 Corinthians 10:12
I praise You today for all that You are; You are the Creator of the Universe, the King of kings and Lord of lords. You are the I AM! I know that You created me on purpose for a purpose. I am who You say I am. The enemy wants to hold me back from living out the calling You have placed on my life. Lord, saturate my mind with the truth of Your Word so that I may remember that my identity is found in You and only You. Remind me throughout the day, when the world comes tumbling in, that You are in control. Reveal Your will in my life as I only want to please You. No matter how difficult my day becomes I will remember that I can do all things through You (Phil 4:13). In Jesus' name. Amen