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Sugar or Salt?

By: Deborah Kirby  (Copyright 2012, All rights reserved. Reprint 2020)

Recently I was reading some comments someone had written to another person on a public forum. I confess I thought, "Is this person for real?" The syrup that dripped off their words was... well... nauseating.

As for me, I am a "salt-gal." I don't dress things up or sugar coat them. It's been said I cause people to think and squirm a bit. One thing I hear repeatedly is that people never have to guess where I am standing or why I am standing where they find me.

"Sugar" people bother me. I always wonder what they are covering up, like icing on a cake, but it's rarely cake underneath.

The Word says in Matthew, "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 under foot by men. You are the light of the world..."

What does salt have to do with light?
A lot, if you know history.

It was common practice to take dry dung patties and burn them as a source of fuel. It was also well known that they burned far better if they were salted and placed on a block of salt in an earth oven. But "bad" salt -- salt that had lost its taste -- was not good for taste or fires alike.

I love what Jesus said in Luke, "I have come to cast fire upon the earth; and how I wish it were already kindled!"

Jesus had much to do while here on earth, now didn't he? When He came, He found too much "sugar" and not-a-bit of "salt."

Then we find a promise in Mark, "For everyone will be salted with fire. Salt is good; but if the salt becomes unsalty, with what will you make it salty again? "

"Everyone will be salted with fire."

As someone who appreciates salt, spiritually speaking, I love that! As a matter of fact, my spirit leaps and says, "Yes, Lord, please!"

In the day in which we live, we truly don't need ANY more sugar. Not health-wise. Not politically-wise. Not spiritually-wise. Not personality-wise.

No, what we so desperately need is spiritual salt -- the kind that lights fires!

So my question to you today is: Are you too sugary for any one's good, including yourself?

People squirm in the presence of salt. I have found sugar people try to change salt people in order to appease their own lack of saltiness. But we have got to have a reckoning with what God decreed: 


"Everyone will be salted with fire."

Say this with me, "We are salt, NOT sugar!" And then petition God to salt you with His fire. May He at least find you kindled and ready to be set a blaze for Him and His Kingdom!

I pray people DO squirm in your presence.
I pray people DO feel the conviction of the Holy Spirit.

It'll be a clear indicator that you have not lost your saltiness!

Of course the bigger horse pill to swallow is the knowledge that if people just love being around you and say things like "you're just so sweet/nice," you are probably on the fast track to loosing your saltiness!

I do not desire for you to be trampled under foot by men as so many salt-less believers are today, but unless you shift gears away from being "people-pleasing sugar" to "life-changing salt" -- underfoot is where you will wind up!

Wake up, dear ones, and pursue realness, transparency, backbone, and holy fire!

The Kingdom demands it!

I absolutely love what one commentary said about Jesus:

"Throughout the gospels, Jesus is ever in conflict, a 'salty,' that is, fire stoking character."

Question: Can the same be said about YOU?