Editor’s Note: Every so often, we love to share guest posts from some of our amazing readers and community members. Today’s post is from Jessica Poe of Jessica Poe.com. (You can read another fabulous post Jessica wrote for us here.) Jessica is a mother of three and a collector of divine details. She’s also a homeschooler by day and writer by naptime. Jessica and her family live under the lively green trees of Oregon; where her heart flutters for bird watching, berry picking and basking in small, natural moments.
“Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is henceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.” Matthew 5:13
He calls us to be the salt of the earth – not the sugar. I have a strong sweet tooth – one that craves caramel swirls and dark chocolate – so it makes me wonder why He’s calling for salt and not sugar. Pondering that question over a bowl of ice cream, the Spirit whispers the answer …
The sweetness of sugar is too easily accepted … we all love sweet … Plus, in today’s world, sugar has become an accepted addiction … and addiction removes agency (our ability to choose). That’s the opposite of how Christ works! Heavenly Father created a plan focused on providing His spirits who choose to come to Earth with opportunities to make choices.
But most importantly, salt serves three important purposes: it seasons, preserves and disinfects.
1. Seasoning: A flattering amount of salt enhances true flavors. So, if we act as His salt, we can enhance His flavor in this world. We can represent His truth, His heart and His will.
2. Preserving: To help foods maintain their optimum state, we add preservatives. This prevents decomposing, mold, and other undesirable changes. When God created this world, He called it good – and we are meant to preserve its goodness. We can preserve that goodness and we can share goodness!
3. Disinfecting: To get rid of infectious organisms, we use disinfectants. As latter-day wickedness infects the earth, it’s clear to see that disinfecting is a big job! Our missionaries, leaders, prophets and apostles all cry for repentance – and we must disinfect ourselves on a daily basis, and tell of His disinfecting power to those around us.
I love the trendy and tasty sweet & salty combo (salted ice cream is a personal favorite); but it’s important to note that Christ didn’t tell us to be both sweet and salty. No, instead we must live in the world, and not of it. We must withstand temptation to become a balanced kettle corn flavor … instead, we must “lay aside the things of this world, and seek for the things of a better” (D&C 25:10). We must be the salt.