What Jesus Did! 'The Seasoning of Our Age' — Luke 14:34-35

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

"Salt is a good thing. But if the salt loses its salty taste, then you can't make it salty again. It is worth nothing. You can't even use it for soil or for plant food. People throw it away. You people that hear me, listen!"
— Luke 14:34-35 NLT
Illustration of Luke 14:34-35 NLT — "Salt is a good thing."

Key Thought

We are called to be the salt of our culture and of our time. Salt is used for taste, for fertilizer, and for preservation. Jesus refers to all three uses at one time or another in his ministry. His point? If we lose our basic nature, our God-given usefulness, then we are unhelpful to the Kingdom and God's work in the world. His message is a harsh one, but one we need to hear. Living as Kingdom people in our time is crucial: crucial to our world and crucial to our discipleship. We are called to surrender all to Jesus to be used for his work in the world. To do anything less is to lose our "saltiness!"

Today's Prayer

Father, open my eyes so that I can see any areas in my life that I have not completely surrendered to the Lordship of your Son. I want to be useful to your Kingdom and to your work in the world. I want to live a life completely committed to you so that you may be glorified, so that my life will fulfill your purposes for me, and so that my life will have an impact for good on all those around me. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Matthew 5:13-16
  • Mark 9:50
  • Philippians 2:14-15


About This Devotional

What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright ©1996, 2004, 2007, 2013, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.