A young salesman was disappointed about losing a very big sale. So he went to speak with his sales manager to look for some encouragement. He lamented, “Well, I guess this proves you can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make him drink.”
The sales manager replied, “Son, take my advice: Your job isn’t to make him drink. Your job is to make him thirsty!”
In Matthew 5:13, the Lord Jesus teaches, “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.”
Now, in the ancient world, salt had many uses. Like today, it was used as a seasoning and a preservative, both of which are applicable to this verse.
But one use of salt that was also common in the days of Jesus is that it would be given to animals to make them thirsty. This would cause them to drink more and stay hydrated when traveling through the desert.
As believers in Jesus Christ and ambassadors for God’s Kingdom, that is our job… to live our lives in such a way that others see us and thirst for the salvation only Christ can give.
In a world that thirsts for all the wrong things, be the salt that brings about a thirst for Christ. Live with joy even in difficult circumstances. Treat others as you would want them to treat you. Let your light shine so that others would see your good works and glorify the Lord.
I hope you’ve been encouraged by this edition of SeniorLife. It’s our prayer that you’ve found truth that will move you forward in your relationship with God and others.
As always, we’re incredibly grateful for your continued prayers and gifts to help more seniors embrace the life God intends.
You truly are a blessing!
Warren & Virginia Olson