Daily Devotional for Wednesday January 03, 2018

Scripture:

Matthew 5:13 (NASB) “You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt has become tasteless, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men.

Observation:

Anyone growing up in the north where the temperature dips below freezing, way below freezing, learns that the salt put out to melt the ice won't work. Living in western New York, with the extreme one digit temperatures, you know that it's useless to put salt on the ice to melt it. It's too cold for the salt to work. Today's verse tells us that we are the salt of the earth, and if we become tasteless, we become useless. As the temperature dipped lower and lower, the ice became dangerous to walk on. One wrong move and down you would go. It is not a pleasurable experience. We come away bruised or with a broken bone. Sometimes in life, our walk with Christ can become tasteless. Our salt has lost its usefulness. It is time to warm things up so that when ice spreads on the world, we can melt even the hardest heart. Don't become useless, but be useful by staying in His Word, walking by the Holy Spirit, and praying for God's leading in every situation. You just might melt a cold, icy heart today.  

Application:

Personal Application: Continue spending time with the Lord daily. Sow righteousness and reap the fruit of God's unfailing love.

Family Devotional: Read this chapter to your family. Ask them if anything spoke to them as you read. Talk about their answers and show them that one important aspect of this chapter is that we must continue to spend time with the Lord and keep our hearts focused on His plans and purposes. Pray for them.
 

TOM SEMBER has been involved in ministering to men for over 20 years. He is an ordained minister with the AG in the NY Ministry Network. Tom lives with his wife, Carolyn, and children in New York. You can connect with Tom on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

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