Salt is a fascinating ingredient. It enhances the flavor of what it is put on. In ancient times it was also used to preserve food in that it has the ability to retard corruption. It’s a mineral composed of sodium chloride, a chemical compound that is essential for life. It is one of the basic human tastes. We all need the proper amounts.
It’s fascinating that Jesus said his followers were the salt of the earth. That means Jesus felt our role was essential for life. Yet, salt can’t remain in a shaker to fulfill it’s purpose. That means we need to leave the safety and security of our church buildings and sheltered lives and allow God to shake us out onto a world we are called to influence. Otherwise, we become useless. The word in Greek translated into English as “loses its saltiness” is intriguing. We get the English word moronic from it, which is another way of saying foolish. What Jesus is saying is that if we keep to ourselves and not live out our calling, we are foolish. We lose the influence that brings life to the culture we live in. When we remain safe and sheltered from the people who need the message we hold and the love we are called to show, we allow corruption to take over. Jesus said we were called to be in the world just not of the world. In other words, we are to hold forth a different standard of life. A standard that values all people as precious because God holds them as precious. We are to fight for those who have no voice and stand for dignity and honor of every person made in the image and likeness of God. Salt is designed to bring out the best in honoring our common humanity and value. The gospel is meant to be good news for all people. God loves the world, but how will they know that unless we tell them in word and in deed.
Maybe the reason culture has thought us to be irrelevant is because we have remained content to go to church instead of being the Church. I believe it’s time to be a church without walls. It’s time to leave our comfort zones and use our giftedness to love and serve people. It’s time again to take the role that Jesus gave us, and that is for us to be the salt of the earth. I say it’s time to please pass the salt!
PRAYER: Heavenly Father, I believe that in Christ you have made me the salt of the earth. I am willing and ready to get out of my comfort zone and make a difference in my world. I surrender to you and say, love others through me. I am willing to serve others out of love for you. Today Father, help me be the Church that Jesus is building that loves and stands against the corruption that seeks to devalue life. Give me boldness to share the good news of your love to all I encounter. In Jesus’ name, Amen!