Jesus taught, “Ye are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its savor, wherewith shall it be salted? It is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under the foot of men” (Mathew 5:13). I often wondered why Jesus compared his followers to “salt.” So I decided to ponder on this scripture so that I could get a better understanding. And here is what came to me.
Salt is a seasoning used to enhance the flavor of food. So should we as Christians go forth and preach the gospel of Jesus Christ, just as salt enhances the flavor in food, we are to enhance everyone we come in contact with. We as Christians should be seasoning the world around us with love. We are called to make a difference. “Ye are the salt of the earth.” It only takes a little salt to enhance the flavor of food. Just a little kindness to a hurting soul, can enhance that persons heart from sorrow to gladness. Just a smile could brighten some ones day. “Ye are the salt of the earth.” So let us go forth as Christians encouraging others instead of tearing them down. Let us be true examples of Jesus Christ, so that others will see God’s goodness in us, and be drawn into the Kingdom of God.
We live in a time of confusion. Sin seems to be running rampant. If God were to ask if he could find at least 10 righteous people in your city, so that he might spare it from destruction, what would He find? We Christians are called to be the “salt” of the earth. As we go each of us into the world, shaking a little salt here and there, we can influence and preserve our world. We can also preserve the world around us through prayer. Christians are called to pray, and how powerful the prayer of a righteous “salty” child of God. “The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much” (James 5:16).
Salt Causes Thirst
Whenever I eat anything salty, I become extremely thirsty, and the only thing that will quench my thirst is water. So it should be for us Christians. We have one of the greatest opportunities given unto man. To share the gospel of Jesus Christ, what more could be so rewarding, than to see a person set free. The world is full of thirsty people. Nothing but Jesus can satisfy that thirst. The word of God tells us, “out of our bellies will flow rivers of living waters” (John 7-37-38). We have been given authority by God to share in leading men to Christ. As we speak the word of God in love, we create a thirst in those around us, a thirst to know Jesus Christ. The more they thirst after righteousness, the more of an opportunity we have to share the gospel with them.
What happens when Salt lose its flavor?
“But if the salt loses its savor, It is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under the foot of men.” I know from experience that salt does not lose its flavor from sitting around in the cabinet for long periods of time. The only way salt can lose its flavor is if it tampered with, or in other words contaminated. So it is with us Christians. The only way we can lose our “savor” is if we allow ourselves to become contaminated by the things of this world. If we are not careful to keep our minds on Christ Jesus, avoiding spending time in prayer, studying the word, meditating on God’s word, we open ourselves up to the things of this world. When we allow the worlds systems to enter our hearts and minds, we can no longer be effective as Kingdom builders. We lose our “saltiness,” and we are no longer equipped to enhance, encourage, or preserve others.
Salt is in a category all by itself. It’s unique. So are the children of God. We are a “chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God” (1 Peter 1:9). As disciples of Jesus Christ we are called to make a difference in this world. To bring about positive change for the kingdom of God, to take a stand for righteousness, we are not called to compromise the gospel of Jesus Christ to fit mans way of thinking. We are disciples of Jesus Christ, and as his disciples, we are to be examples to this world just as Christ was when he was here on earth. We are called to live a life of humility, kindness and most importantly love one another for that is required of every Christian called by God.