Luke 14:25-35


“Large crowds were traveling with Jesus, and turning to them he said: ‘If anyone comes to me and does not hate father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters—yes, even their own life—such a person cannot be my disciple. And whoever does not carry their cross and follow me cannot be my disciple. Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Won’t you first sit down and estimate the cost to see if you have enough money to complete it? For if you lay the foundation and are not able to finish it, everyone who sees it will ridicule you, saying, “This person began to build and wasn’t able to finish.” Or suppose a king is about to go to war against another king. Won’t he first sit down and consider whether he is able with ten thousand men to oppose the one coming against him with twenty thousand? If he is not able, he will send a delegation while the other is still a long way off and will ask for terms of peace. In the same way, those of you who do not give up everything you have cannot be my disciples. Salt is good, but if it loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is fit neither for the soil nor for the manure pile; it is thrown out. Whoever has ears to hear, let them hear.’” Luke 14:25-35

Jesus told us that we are to be like salt.

Salt is a pretty common commodity and yet let’s look at what it can do.

Salt heals. Wounds get better when salt is used.

Salt preserves. Things that would deteriorate or be lost are kept because of salt.

Salt makes things better. When we sprinkle it on what might be bland, salt can make it taste so much better.

We are salt and we must bring the healing power of Christ to those who are wounded, broken, hurting.

We are salt and we are to bring Christ to those who would be lost so they can be preserved.

We are salt and we make the world better. We bring peace to trouble, light to darkness, joy to sadness, and hope to fear.

We are salt. But what happens if so much stuff pollutes and dilutes the salt so it is no longer salty?

Sadly, it needs to be thrown away.

Then how does it stay salty?

It needs to stay away from the things that pollute and dilute and then stay close to other salt.

So do we.

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