Salt. Usually great to cook with. But Jesus’ says that we are salt. Here’s what he says:
Matthew 5:13 – “‘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 underfoot by people.”
Notice that he says, “You ARE the salt of the earth.” It’s not up for debate. We are the salt of the earth.
Salt doesn’t mean to much while it sits in a salt shaker. However, it is of great value once it is mixed, in the right proportions, in our food. When it is sprinkled on food—or, better yet, cooked into food—it transforms the food. So also, Christians sitting alone in the comfort of their homes are unlikely to make much of a difference to the people outside their door—the people who need Christ. It is as we rub elbows with others, both Christians and non-Christians, that we have the opportunity to bring a Christ-like flavor to their lives. However, we must always stay alert so that we impart a Christ-like flavor to them rather than allowing them to impart a secular flavor to our lives.
People value salt. They use it not only for seasoning, but also as a preservative for food. Like eyeglasses, its usefulness exceeds its size. Salt is inexpensive but, if it were not, we would still require it—not only to enhance or to preserve food, but also to sustain life.
Salt then is a perfect metaphor for the people of God:
•We have a responsibility to transform the environment in which we find ourselves, just as salt transforms food.
• We are often few in number, but it is no matter. Just as a few grains of salt can make a big difference in food, so also a few faithful Christians can make a big difference in the world.
The parallels are fascinating. I never really looked at it this way and dug into the meaning of Jesus’ words here. But we are the salt…the salt that seasons and helps others on their walk with Jesus.
Then there’s the part about salt losing it’s flavor…a few thoughts on this:
Jesus warns us not to be complacent. If salt loses its taste, it becomes worthless. Salt cannot change its chemical composition, but it does lose taste and value if combined with something else.
Do you see the parallel here?
The danger for the church today is that it is tempted to give too much credence to the values generated by the world and too little to the values found in the Bible. Someone has said that, to learn what the church will be saying in five years, just familiarize yourself with what the world is saying today. There is a good deal of truth in that, but the interval is often much less than five years. The church is always in danger of allowing the world to infiltrate. When that happens, we cease to be salt and become “good for nothing, but to be cast out and trodden under the feet of men.”
So today..as you go about your day. Find ways to keep the flavor of Jesus’ teaching in your every day life. Don’t let the world influence your decisions but take them to God in prayer. Same with your actions, your conversations, everything….take it to God in prayer. Ask for His influence in your life..not the worlds….