Saturday, October 24, 2015

Breastplate Gems - October, Day 11

We haven't shared anything from our devotionals in some time.  It's out now as a single volume, Breastplate Gems - Kindle. That's a one year devotional and, yes, that's a link to the page for the Kindle edition.  If you'd prefer the paperback edition, that's here: Breastplate Gems - Paperback.

Our devotional is set up so that each month has fourteen devotional readings.  Each gets read twice in that month. Then, it's meditated on several times that day.  That way each truth is more likely to become a part of us.  The result is that we not only get blessed on a daily basis, but are strengthened in our faith.  We get to live in 2 Peter 3:18, which says "But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.".

Finally, each devotional ends with prayer thoughts, not a set prayer that gets said every time we read that particular reading.  Each time, our prayer will be different.  Those prayer thoughts should trigger our prayer, based on those and how the devotional spoke to us each time.  And those prayer thoughts may even be the final part of the devotional.  As we grow in our faith, what we receive and what we pray will change. With all that in mind, let's look at our devotional for today.

Matthew 5:13 (KJV) Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.

In Biblical times, there was no refrigeration.  Instead, meats were treated with salt for purification and as a preservative.  If salt sits out in the elements of its surroundings, the components that preserve and purify will leach out and it no longer has the qualities that give flavor and act as a preservative.

Today’s verse is saying that we, as believers, are the thing that preserves and flavors our world.  If we allow ourselves to be contaminated by the world, we lose our ability to preserve and protect it. And we lose that which enhances our ability to add pleasing flavor to our surroundings.  “Dead” salt ends up getting walked on, tossed aside as useless.  

The loss of function isn’t a loss of salvation.  But the blessings that come with functioning in our call wouldn’t be there.  Jesus is warning us that allowing the world to contaminate us will deprive us of all the blessings that come with living in our call.  Including the rewards for drawing people to Christ.  That reflection of Christ dims from worldly contamination.  The savor goes.

Prayer thoughts for day 11:  We need God to help us retain our savor, our saltiness.  When others taste our Christianity, they should get the full flavor of Jesus Christ.  And our call to preserve the world from rotting should bring blessings for all.

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