What does it mean to be the salt of the earth and why is it important? If it is so important, are you not neglecting your duty to be salty?
“You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people’s feet.” – Matthew 5:13
Jesus said this to His disciples as part of His sermon on the mount. Back on that day, salt was a highly valuable commodity for its significant uses. People widely used salt to (1) maintain freshness and keep food from rotting; (2) bring flavor to food just as people do today; and (3) help wounds heal faster.
For these uses, salt was considered to be extremely important that it can be used as payment when buying other commodities. The important question, therefore, is “What did Jesus mean when He compared Christians to salt?”
With the above context, it is obvious that Christians are expected to:
1. Help preserve people from sin and destruction
“Brothers and sisters, if someone is caught in a sin, you who live by the Spirit should restore that person gently. But watch yourselves, or you also may be tempted.” – Galatians 6:1
The world has systematically made humankind confuse good from evil. As believers, however, we should know better. Thus, when we see our friends being lured to sin, we should be the ones to gently urge them to resist giving in to the temptation.
Just keep in mind to constantly study God’s Word and seek His wisdom through prayer to make sure that we are guided by the Spirit of the Lord, discerning what is righteous according to His standards.
2. Add flavor to life by bringing joy to the people around us
“Remind them [believers] to be submissive to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready for every good work, to speak evil of no one, to avoid quarreling, to be gentle, and to show perfect courtesy toward all people.” – Titus 3:1-2
Jesus commands us to keep His commands and remain in His love (John 15:9-11). Imagine all the Christians showing gentleness and courtesy to the people they associate with. What a world to live in!
As Christians, we carry Jesus name in our thoughts, speech and conduct. It is our responsibility to be ambassadors for Christ, portraying Him appropriately. Take time to think about it, has the world become a better place because of your presence. Or is it the opposite?
3. Be God’s instrument for bringing healing to others
“He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.” – Psalm 147:3
God can heal spiritually, physically and emotionally (Psalm 103:2-4). His power knows no bounds. Even in the most hopeless, most desperate circumstances, God can redeem His people and bring healing. As salt of this world, be sensitive to the hurting people around you. Be ready to show hospitality, so they could experience God’s love through you.
Be careful not to lose your saltiness
Serving this world is both a privilege and a responsibility. Be intentional in keeping your saltiness, so as not to be regarded as useless, as Jesus puts it, “no longer good for anything.” Be the salt of the earth. Walk according to God’s will for you.