Matthew 5:13 Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? It is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.
In a previous chapter, Christ had recently called His disciples and told them that they should be fishers of men. Here in chapter 5, in the Sermon on the Mount, He tells them further what He designed them to be—the salt of the earth and the light of the world—that they might indeed be what was expected of them.
Interestingly, this chapter is given the title “The Beatitudes”; the Beatitudes are a series of blessings. The word beatitude is derived from beatitudo, a Latin word meaning “blessedness.” The name is used to refer to this Biblical passage where each verse begins with the word blessed.
A blessing is a favor or gift bestowed by God, thereby bringing happiness.
When I think about salt, I think about the influence it possesses. As Christians, we are called by God to be an influence in the world.
Salt is used to enhance flavor and to preserve food. To “be salt” means to deliberately seek to influence the people in one’s life by showing them the unconditional love of Christ through good deeds.
Ephesians 2:10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.
The Christian journey can be difficult at times. But through the power of the Holy Spirit, we can become the salt that Jesus is calling us to be.
Ephesians 1:4 According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:
A challenge to remain salty:
▪ Understand that you are loved, as you live out Jesus’ calling for you to be salt in your life to others.
▪ Cultivate the salt in your life by putting yourself in uncomfortable or challenging positions, serving in uncomfortable places, following God to unlikely places, and being humble. This will help people to see Christ in us.
▪ Don’t be afraid to follow God’s leading to share the salt wherever He sends you.
▪ Stay faithful to your local church: being salt and light comes with the need for preaching and fellowship.
▪ Stay grounded in the Word of God and prayer.
▪ Don’t try to force being salt on others; just live it out genuinely and graciously and let your testimony influence others by itself.
1 Corinthians 9:22-23 To the weak became I as weak, that I might gain the weak: I am made all things to all men, that I might, by all means, save some. And this I do for the gospels sake, that I might be partaker thereof with you.
My encouragement for us today is that, as we strive to influence this world for Christ, let us remember to keep a testimony of being salt and light.
As children of God, we need to examine ourselves constantly to make sure our love is still devoted to Him.
Our willingness to humbly take correction and instruction is a pathway for wisdom.