Salt for a tasteless world

The Doctor's Life Support for 12 August

Be wise in the way you act towards outsiders; make the most of every opportunity.

Colossians 4: 5

Health professionals meet people at times when, facing mortality, some begin to think about God. We need to be wise in the way we respond to them. Jesus said, ‘Salt is good … Have salt in yourselves, and be at peace with each other.’ (Mark 9: 50) As natural man is neither good nor peaceful, how can he be salty? The ‘salt’ referred to must be God himself. As we trust and abide in him, so he is able to use us as seasoning to a tasteless world. In medical practice, intravenous solutions use different concentrations of salt. Too high a concentration is damaging physically, and there are Christians who, by being too ‘salty’, cause damage spiritually. More commonly, Christians are not salty enough, only differing from non-Christians by how they spend their Sunday mornings. Jesus warned ‘the salt of the earth’ to stay salty. If too insipid, he pronounced it no longer good for anything except to be thrown out. (Matthew 5: 13) Jesus promised his disciples the power of the Holy Spirit as their witness radiated out from Jerusalem to the ends of the earth. (Acts 1: 8) So he does not only call Christian health workers to consider foreign missions (long-term or short-term) but to be salt in the examination rooms into which God has placed them. We can witness right where we are to our patients, about how God, or prayer, or the Bible, have affected and changed every aspect of our lives. This testimony, signalled or spelt out, is given in the power of the Holy Spirit, and the results left to God. Every appointment can become a ‘divine appointment’ as we take opportunities to learn how to be the right concentration of his ‘saline solution’ for every patient, every day.

Written by Walt Larimore from the USA

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