We are the Salt of the Earth – Let’s Live Like It

Being the Salt of the Earth“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:

  1. produce thirst for the Living Water (Enough salt intake and people want water.)
  2. bring healing to those around us, maybe even to our land (Salt is useful as an antiseptic.)

Read more about being the salt of the earth.

4 Replies to “We are the Salt of the Earth – Let’s Live Like It”

  1. So grateful for such powerful Bible verses and quotations, it really uplifts my soul and spirit. What I’ve learnt is that we Christians should lead a good life in order for others to look at us and come to God. As Paul said, so we also should study and learn from him. Really, I’m so excited about these verses. God Richly Bless you.

    • I praise God for your good remarks. It truly is about our lives, as well as our words, pointing others to Him! And, if we don’t take the time to “study and learn from Him,” as you wrote, then how will we point people in the right direction? — “But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have.” (1 Pet. 3:15)

  2. We are focused on the gospel and of the Christian’s ability to change the individual, but their commission is to establish a government or society based on the foundation of the gospel. Instead, they have almost nothing to do with government except to support socialism which is Satan’s counterfeit government, based on force rather than freedom. They are denying and rejecting God politically

    • We see in 1 Samuel 8 that God’s original intent with the nation of Israel was a theocracy but they insisted on a human king. He wanted to be their King. Following after the ways of the other nations only brought them trouble. Even for us today, God wants to be a part of all we do. In God’s economy, life is not compartmentalized. All of life needs to be seasoned with salt. The Gospel should infiltrate all aspects of society, including politics. When it doesn’t, we can only expect trouble.

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