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. Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.Matthew 5:13-16
For those who know me best, they know that I love salt. Salt and I have had a very close relationship since I was a kid. My sister used to joke with me when I was a kid about my salt usage and tendency to put salt on everything. When I would ask for her to pass the salt, she would respond with, “Do you mean pass the heart disease?” I would roll my eyes and tell her just to pass it down to me. Although have grown up since then, my wife will either tell me to taste it first or to not put salt on it as it has enough salt on it already. I have adhered to her advice for the most part, but I will say when I am alone, I indulge in some salt. I believe it adds tremendous flavor to most things, even though I do have some limits.
When we traveled to Israel, we were told about the high value of salt back in Bible times. Salt can be used for many different things. We use it on food to add flavor, use it as a preservative to extend the life of food, and even use it to soak in when we have aches and pains. Salt does have some healing properties and can be impactful on many levels. I am not sure I would like to live in a world without salt, and I was almost in heaven when we went to the Dead Sea that possessed more salt than I had ever seen. I was not big into swimming in it, but the shore lines were abundant with the mineral. God choose to use salt to show us our impact on the world and the value we possess within us as Christians.
The impact we have can be felt when you have an open wound and you pour salt into your wound and find the painful consequences it brings about. Hebrews 4:12 tell us, ”For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” The Word of God is salt and can pierce even the hardest of hearts. It is meant to have a piercing effect and it is meant to impact a lost world and we Christians who are in constant need of spiritual alignment. God has called us to be the salt of the earth and to be impactful to all we come in contact with in a God-glorifying way. We are not to simply blend in, but we are to stand out like a candle illuminates a dark room. Christians go through trials just like everyone else, and the world watches when we go through the fires of life and when our faith is tried. They await our reaction to see if we truly have the faith that we state we have in God.
We have two options: be the salt that has spiritual health benefits, or be the salt that is good for nothing and needs to be thrown out. Which salt are you? Are you a light in this dark world, or do you contribute to the darkness? Do you take the praise for the opportunities God has given you to be a light, or do you give glory to your Heavenly Father? More importantly, do your actions give glory and honor to your Heavenly Father? As I stated, I cannot imagine a world without salt but more importantly, I cannot imagine a life without Christ-followers, the salt of the earth. Eternity is forever and this world is temporary, so may we be salt to all those God intends for us to impact, and may we glorify our Father in heaven.