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Stay Salty & Shine On

Have you ever been to Five Guys Burgers and Fries? DELICIOUS burgers (just as good as In-N-Out – in my opinion), but don’t overlook the “Fries” part of the name (the part that makes Five Guys a better overall meal than In-N-Out – in my opinion). There’s just something about those fries – the potatoes are so fresh, they’re cut just right, or maybe it’s the seasoning.

At Five Guys the regular salt they use on the fries is good enough, but if you want to really flavor those bad boys up you get them with the cajun seasoning. Just writing this is making my mouth water. That seasoning on those fries is an addictive combination.

When I read Matthew 5:13 I think of places with perfect seasoning – like Five Guys.

“You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.”

This is Jesus saying we are salt of the earth and we shouldn’t lose our saltiness. The verses that follow talk about letting our light shine before others. In other words – we are supposed to live our life in a way that is tasteful, desirable, and a beacon of hope to the world. We should strive to live our life in a way that draws other people to God because they’re just craving that seasoning, or they’re drawn out of the darkness.

It’s been said that being a light to the world means penetrating darkness, just like actual light does – it penetrates darkness. In the context of penetrating the darkness of the world it has been said that the darkness is sin. In order to penetrate the darkness of sin with light we have to be willing to let the light of doing good shine for others to see more than we’re willing to let the darkness overcome our light.

Just as a town built on a hill cannot be hidden and a lamp shouldn’t be put under a bowl, doing good should not be overcome by the darkness of sin. We are sinful though, so what then? Sometimes in order to keep the lamp on a stand we’re going to shine light on each others darkness, but the light should remain. Sometimes our seasoning is going to sting the canker sores of each others sin, but we should remain salty.

Stand for something or die for nothing. You know what good you ought to do, and God will take care of the rest. Stay salty my friends, and keep on shining.

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