Matthew 5:13 ‘You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its flavour, how shall it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men.’
Salt is used as a preservative and is also used for seasoning. Its activity prevents foodstuff from going bad, from rotting. It is also used to give flavour to food. Put too much salt in anything and it becomes inedible, put too little salt and it is bland. The remit of salt is clear: Its usefulness comes only from its application to other foodstuff. It has no use on its own. None. Salt’s purpose can be summed in one word: Influence.
Jesus was speaking to His disciples when He said, ‘you are the salt of the earth…’ The same message applies to present-day disciples of Jesus Christ, ‘you are the salt of the earth…’As Christians, our only source of fulfilment comes from our lives being applied to influence those in our world. Where we are not influencing those around us for Jesus Christ and His Kingdom, our lives become ‘good for nothing’as far as Kingdom interests are concerned.
Notice that Jesus didn’t say, ‘be salt’, He said ‘you are salt.’ We already have the life and nature of God residing in us. We already have His Spirit and His love living in our hearts. It is time to leave the salt shaker and step into the world. It is time to open up the doors of our ‘holy-huddles’and ‘bless-me’clubs and create an atmosphere where the unrighteous and sinner can feel comfortable enough to come in and be truly influenced for the Kingdom instead of feeling condemned.
The reason why salt is used as a preservative is because it is potent; it is potent enough to preserve health and prevent rottenness. Salt is unyielding in its strength and uncompromising in its mission. Never apologise for being salt. I heard someone say once: ‘Always let everyone around you feel the full weight of who you are and let them deal with it.’How true. Proverbs 29:2 says, ‘when the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice; But when a wicked man rules, the people groan.’ Righteous ruler-ship is applauded because it preserves the moral health of a nation. Righteous rulers are potent enough to keep evil out and preserve righteousness. They are impervious to lobbyists and unyielding to bribes. Be potent in your world!
In Mark 9:50 Jesus said, ‘Salt is good, but if the salt loses its flavour how will you season it? Have salt in yourselves, and have peace with one another.’ What does it mean to ‘Have salt in yourself?’ Another way of putting it would be to say, ‘make sure the salt-shaker is always full!’ Salt is a type of the Word of God. The potency of our lives is maintained as we keep our hearts full of God’s word because it is ‘out of the abundance of the heart that the mouth speaks’(Luke 6:45).
With our salt shaker full, we will be able to follow Paul’s admonition in Colossians 4:6 where he said, ‘let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer each one.’ Allow the salt of your heart to fill your words and your actions. Before you speak, allow the potency of who you are to fill your words.
Let the world around you feel your influence as you lead them to the saving grace of Jesus Christ. Leave that salt shaker and impact your world!