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Salt’s No Good On The Shelf

by | Mar 5, 2012 | Missions Articles

A wonderful reminder from Hannah Briscoe

On almost every plane and train I have been on in the last 6 months, there has been an open door with the person next to me. I have been amazed at the openness of people, sharing their struggles with terminal illness in either their own lives or that of a loved one. A friendly smile and a simple question seemed to unlock hearts aching for compassion.

Friendships have also been made from these encounters—a young woman embarking on a new journey as a musician and two young Mormon ladies serving their missionary duties in Germany. I found each encounter as a gift from the Father, an opportunity to sow seeds where I might otherwise never have the chance.

Packed in gate lounges, shuttle buses, and airplane cabins are people carrying around broken luggage with hidden pain feebly held together at the seams, but it is so easy never to see them if we don’t look, or don’t open our mouths to say hello. We have become so isolated and digitized in our communication that people hunger for real interest and interaction. They long to tell their story and to have someone really listen. 

The Incarnation is the miracle of miracles—that the Creator God became flesh and dwelt among men. Yet so often in our own lives we are careless of this gift. We create a castle of personal entertainment or polite small talk to hide behind rather than choosing to be flesh and blood to the people around us. We’ve forgotten that salt doesn’t do any good when it sits on the shelf.
If it feels uncomfortable at first, that’s ok! But better to be uncomfortable in obedience than to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men as tasteless salt (Matthew 5:13). Yeshua was so far past a “comfort zone” that He sacrificed His dignity, His popularity, His very life. As He hung naked on a cross, discolored and unrecognizable from abuse, He was so much more than among the people; He was drenched in their sin, their shame, their very stench. 

He did all of this, not out of self-righteous pity, but because He knew that when He paid the ultimate price, His coming resurrection would mean salvation for the world. Death was swallowed up in His victory, and He bought for us our freedom: righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit. 

As we go about our day, let us ask the Holy Spirit to give us eyes to see. Let’s train our hearts to compassion by our daily choices. Let’s look beyond our need to feel good about ourselves and be motivated rather by love and obedience. And let’s not be fooled by the lie that says we are being hypocritical if we don’t “feel like it.” The sweetest and most fruitful encounters usually come when we certainly don’t feel like it.

This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends” (John 15:12-13).

Hannah Briscoe
Germany

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