Sometimes hearing something in context can give it a whole new meaning. The familiar scripture that talks about Christians as salt of the earth was given new meaning to me today.
“You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.”
Matthew 5:13 NIV
Salt actually has a number of characteristics that illustrates the Christians role in the world. When you think of what salt does, what’s the first thing to come to mind? For starters, it creates thirst. When you eat something salty, you probably have a drink nearby. As a Christian, we are ‘salt’ in that by our ministry and committing ourselves to serving God, we create a thirst in the ones around us to know more about our hope and our joy when they see His goodness in us.
Salt also enhances flavor. I have several family members who load up everything they eat with salt. In the same way salt brings out the flavor in food, the role of a Christian is to bring that flavor to our lives and the lives to others by living out God’s will. The Beatitudes are a great example of the ‘flavor’ promised to us by His grace and mercy.
“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God. Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”
Salt is also used to stop the spread and formation of ice on the road. In the same way, Christians are here to display the love of Christ, to glorify Him by our works, and thus stopping the spread of sin and corruption.
A lot of times I think how insignificant I am in the grand scheme of things. I’m one person in a world with 8 billion. But think of how small one grain of salt is! However that one grain, together with other grains, can make a significant difference, as it is as all Christians working together to form the body of Christ!
Stay salty my friends 🙂