Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Let's Spice It Up

Encouragement for your daily walk with God

When I was in high school, it was required that each student take basic chemistry. It was not a favorite subject of mine, so I didn’t pursue any post-chemistry classes. Also, to be quite honest, I don’t remember much about what I learned way back then [about 45 years ago!]. But there is one thing that has stuck with me all these years, and it has to do with salt.

I learned that salt is a combination of equal parts of sodium and chlorine [NaCl]. When paired, we get the world’s most used seasoning. Sodium is a harmless active ingredient, but chlorine is not. In fact, chlorine is not found in nature by itself. It is a diatomic element, meaning it is always “attached” to another element. When chlorine is separated from its paired element, it produces a poisonous gas, which, when used even in small quantities, can be harmful, and in large quantities, fatal.

There are two words combined in Scripture that remind me of the chemistry of salt; those words are “grace” and “truth.” When a Christ follower presents truth, without grace, it often produces an offensive, poisonous effect on those with whom we share it. But when truth is combined with grace, it brings out the flavor of our faith. That’s why it is imperative that we live like our Lord, whom the Bibles said was full of sodium [grace] and chlorine [truth]. When we walk like our Christ, we, too, can be the spice of life!

And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth. John 1:14   

For the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. John 1:17

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