"And you shall season each of your grain offerings with salt. You must not leave the salt of the covenant of your God out of your grain offering; you are to add salt to each of your offerings." ~ Leviticus 2:13
Hello and happy August, beautiful people!
I hope your summer is winding down well. Hard to believe we're already there!
Much like you, I'm sure, I have oodles to accomplish before fall is well and truly upon us. But I do love autumn, so I'm eager and excited as well as all everything else.
SO, I was reading in Leviticus the other day and came across 2:13. I've read it plenty of times before. But, never did that last part of the sentence land on me the way it did that day.
"...You are to add salt to each of your offerings."
Does that smack familiar to anyone else?
Jesus tells us in Matthew 5:13,
"You are the salt of the earth..."
If we are to be salty in the world and for the world, the salt of the earth, then why wouldn't we be expected to be salty for the Father, in our offerings to the Father?!
If we are to be, ourselves, an offering to the Father and we're called to be the salt of the earth? There's such beautiful, powerful, poetic symmetry to that pairing, is there not?
People extrapolate so many meanings from this excerpt in Matthew because of the wide spectrum of utility when it comes to salt.
~ It gives flavor.
~ It was/is so valuable, it has been used as currency.
~ It can be used for preserving.
~ It is vital for our physical functioning.
~ It cleanses.
I feel those are things we can position ourselves to do and be in the world. Don't you think?
By being an encouraging presence, by acknowledging others and lifting them up, we never know how much of an impact we can make. It can be as simple as a smile to a passing stranger.
There are good things in this world that can be contagious, things worth spreading. Smiles? Definitely on the list. Optimism. Joy. Laughter. Kind gestures. Those are things we can spread everywhere and hope they "go viral."
By being authentically ourselves, authentically the child of God we were created to be, unabashed, unashamed, we create the space and on some level give permission for others to be in love with their Creator and living in that space as well. That, my friends, is flavor.
Our value comes from the Father. He made you on purpose. Every little feature, facet, and talent. More precious than rubies, indeed. Sons and daughters alike. If we can stand in and own that identity? If we can know our value in truth and humility? That changes things for not only us, but those around us.
If He calls us to be salt, when we ask it and choose it, you'd better believe He will show us how.
Wishing you many days, weeks, months, and years of salty living in this wonder-filled world.
You ask us to be salt in the world.
You command that our every offering to you include salt.
Thank You for helping each of us to understand what that means in our lives and in any given moment.
Thank You for blessing us and equipping us to be salty, for You and on Your behalf.
"Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone." ~ Colossians 4:6
"Therefore I urge you, brothers, on account of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God, which is your spiritual service of worship." ~ Romans 12:1
"... you were bought at a price. Therefore glorify God with your body." ~ 1 Corinthians 6:20
"... Have salt among yourselves, and be at peace with one another." ~ Mark 9:50
May the Good Lord bless you and keep you, friends... always, in all ways. Amen.
Bonus song of praise... ♥
(I try to shake it up when it comes to performers, but even though Ms. Daigle was featured last week. This lovely peaceful piece seemed perfect for today.)
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