Holiness Down Here – Old Salt?
Key Bible Verse: “You are to live clean, innocent lives … in a dark world full of crooked and perverse people.” – Philippians 2: 15
Bonus Reading: Philippians 2: 12-15
When I took up fishing as a hobby, friends and I would fish on the eastern shore of the Big Island of Hawaii. If we were fishing at the right time and had the right bait, we’d catch some good-sized fish. Nearby was a barbecue grill. We’d take our day’s catch, clean each one, and then place each trophy on the grill.
Even though these fish had spent all their lives in the salty ocean, guess what I had to sprinkle on our catch as we were cooking them? Right! I’d sprinkle salt on the fish to bring out the flavor.
You’d think that would be the most unnecessary thing to do, considering that the fish had been marinating in saltwater for at least a year or two. Yet even though these fish had lived in the ocean, none of the salt got inside.
If God can do that for fish, He can do that for each of us.
Each of us has been placed in the middle of a world filled with worldly perspectives and philosophies. But here’s the wonder of God’s design: Although we live in the midst of a “crooked and perverse generation” (Phil. 2:15), none of that crooked perverseness is supposed to get inside us!
—Wayne Cordeiro in Attitudes that Attract Success
My Response: A practice that helps me stay holy inside is …
Thought to Apply: The greatest miracle God can do today is to take an unholy man, make him holy, and keep him holy in an unholy world.
Adapted from Attitudes that Attract Success (Regal, 2001)