The verse sits before me, wide opened –
“Let me tell you why you are here. You’re here to be salt-seasoning that brings out the God-flavors of this earth. If you lose your saltiness, how will people taste godliness? You’ve lost your usefulness and will end up in the garbage.” (Matthew 5:13, The Message)
These are the very words of Jesus Himself as He sat teaching the disciples. The disciples were already beginning to impact those around them, as they shared about Jesus and His teaching. But it is to them, Jesus gives the warning not to lose their saltiness. Jesus did not want that they do anything which would lessen their influence on the world.
- Jesus called me (us) to be the salt of the earth. The expression, “the salt of the earth” is used to describe a person of great kindness, reliability or honesty (according to the Oxford Dictionary of Idioms). Our character is to reflect His character.
- Salt is a preservative. In order for salt to have influence, it must come out of the salt shaker. Salt only takes effect upon being rubbed onto something. Are we rubbing shoulders with those around us? What effect are we having? Jesus calls us to live in such a way to combat injustice and moral decay in our world.
- Salt enhances. When mixed with food, it brings out the best of the flavor already present. We are to make others aware of Christ due to being in our company.
We need to interact with those around us each day. It is then, they will benefit from the effects of our being “salty”.
Salt – the most common of all seasonings.
Yet it is in and through common people
that others will be able to see and desire the uncommon – Jesus.