“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 by man.” (Matt. 5:13)
In a previous blog post I observed how Matthew 5:13 says that we are the salt of the earth — present tense, a matter of fact … it’s who we are as children of God. What I also find interesting is that rather than talk about the qualities and effects of salt, this verse only deals with salt losing its saltiness. Why? — probably because we need to understand the long range effect and damage it can do when we lose our testimony in the world
Could it be that we are seeing why today? Immorality and liberal ways of thought have so infiltrated the world that people seem blind to truth. Those who claim that there are absolute truths are viewed as arrogant and intolerant. Those who take a stand for Christ are so often ridiculed or persecuted. How did we get here … where Christians are seen as the ones to “be thrown out and trampled by men?” How did the world get so far off track?
If we as Christians aren’t living as the salt of the earth, the desire for and perceived value of being a Christian decreases. The salt is losing its saltiness! If we Christians aren’t living as the salt of the earth, how will it be seasoned with the truth of God’s Word and His grace? The salt is losing its saltiness when we no longer see a godly influence in the world. It is when salt has lost its saltiness that we fail to infiltrate our society with His truth and goodness.
Don’t despair. A salt shaker contains many grains of salt. Though some may have lost their saltiness, not all have. If those who want to still influence the world pull together, a little salt can go a long way!
Here is how:
* We can sprinkle God’s love on others around us. (Salt seasons so it will make the Gospel seem more palatable. – Ps. 34:8)
* We can be ready to give an answer by consistently living according to His grace. (Salt is always salty unless it loses its saltiness. – Col. 4:6)
* We can hold fast to the infallible Word of Truth, no matter what. (Salt is a preserving agent so we can let the world know that His truth will not go away, no matter how they treat it. – Matt. 5:18; 1 Pet. 1:23-25)
* We can live a life of integrity rather than selfish ambition, knowing that a better day is coming. (Salt purifies and cleanses. – 1 Jn. 1:9; 3:2-3)
As we live as the salt of the earth, God will use us to:
- produce thirst for the Living Water (Enough salt intake and people want water.)
- bring healing to those around us, maybe even to our land (Salt is useful as an antiseptic.)