I recently made some bread, which is one of my favorite things to do. However, this time something was missing. The bread tasted flat. I remembered in all the cooking shows I enjoy that most likely the missing ingredient is salt. I wasn’t sure, but what could it hurt? After a few sprinkles on the warm buttered bread–Voila! Amazing difference in the taste, thus my enjoyment of the bread.
This morning after Tom and I read our Bible plan we felt we weren’t finished. Something was missing that was needed. We realized the salt we were needing was Worship!
Worship has a way of making the Bible come to life in our hearts, much like salt making the bread more enjoyable.
When was the last time you spent time alone or with your spouse worshiping God in your living room? We started with a song about the Goodness of God and His faithfulness to us. Then, continued with a song about being Gracefully Broken. Our surrender to God through worship cements the Word of God in our heart and makes us salty to a thirsty world.
Jesus said, “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again?” Matthew 5:13 ESV
This scripture always seemed hopeless to me, but after further study I’ve discovered it’s the exact opposite. Salt preserves through all sorts of trouble. This salt is sprinkled on us for our good and for the good of all who know us.
John Piper says of this same passage, “The immediate context of ‘You are the salt of the earth’ is ‘Blessed are you when you are persecuted…Rejoice and be glad…because your reward is great in heaven.’ When someone lives like this, it is so utterly unnatural and amazing and wonderful, it tastes really good. Joyful suffering for the sake of Christ is startling, spectacular, salty.”
Is something missing from your devotional time with the Lord? Try sprinkling some personal worship on your time with Him. It may be this was what was needed all along.
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