Thursday, June 27, 2013
Salt of the Earth: Part 3: Preserving People
One of the most early uses of salt was preserving food. Before the invention of refrigeration, salt was used to preserve meats and keep them from spoiling. Salt is still used today to preserve foods. Without salt there lots of foods would of gone bad and who knows what foods people would have never eaten. Salt helps to draw out of the moisture in food allowing it to be preserved and saved for later consumption. The salt is applied to the outside of the food covering it and drawing out the moisture. The food is then left in a cool place where it will cure. There are even salt barrels that meats are placed inside where they are preserved.
So how does this translate into how we can be the salt of the earth and preserve people?
Everybody has different issues and problems that come up. We have things that make our lives difficult. People are hurting and suffering from money issues, bullying, physical pain and aliments, loss of loved ones, and so many other things. When someone comes to work or church and is in a bad or sad mood, we have no clue what is happening in their lives that is causing them this pain. We think that we know people but in the end do we really know what is bothering them?
It is up to us to stop and be in the moment. It is up to us to listen and try to help. We must be like salt and cover them with love. We must be willing to step outside of our comfort zone to help preserve people and keep them reaching pains that are irreversible.
When a person's heart is hurting, they are spoiling. We can not allow people to spoil, we must preserve them. We must be the hands and feet of God and reach out to them. No matter what a person has done they must be loved and cared for. They must be preserved.
When you see a person in need or hurting, reach out and pour your love, you salt on to them. Help them to realize that they are loved. By being the salt of the earth they will see the love of Jesus through you.
Go out and preserve people!