Living Word Devotional by Pastor Mensa Otabil

Friday, 12th July 2019.


You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its flavour, how shall it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men. Matthew 5:13

There are some few attributes of salt the Lord wants us to observe and immitate.

First, salt does not serve itself or demand service from others. It is only there to serve others. No one eats salt as a meal. It’s present in the bowl to serve the other ingredients. When we are enjoying a meal, we praise the fish, the meat, the yam, or the vegetables but not the salt that enhanced the taste of these ingredients. In fact, the salt is not even visible in the meal. It does its work and then leaves the scene. It does not attract attention to itself. In the same way, we are here on earth not to serve ourselves or to be served by others. We are here to serve. We are not here to receive honour but to honour others. “Even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve and offer His life as a sacrifice for many.”

Second, salt is the one which brings out the taste and flavour of the other ingredients. It is there to add value to others. It brings out the best in others. Salt helps other ingredients to achieve their purpose. In the same way, the Lord wants us to add value to the life of those around us. To help them find meaning and purpose in life. It is our duty to bring joy to our loved ones and help them bear their burden.

Salt is also a preservative. A little salt in a fish, and it stops it from decay and corruption. Put some salt on a piece of meat, and it will preserve it for years. In the same way, our presence in our communities should stop the corruption that is plaguing our society.

Prayer: Lord, give me grace to be the salt of my society.

Scriptural Reading: Matthew 5:11-16

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