“You are the salt of the earth. But what good is salt if it has lost its flavor? Can you make it salty again? It will be thrown out and trampled underfoot as worthless. Matthew 5:13 NLT
Jesus was teaching His first disciples in what is referred to as the Sermon on the Mount. This classic and prolific message was a lot to digest, especially in the infancy of Christianity. It is a lot to digest for all of us as well, even 2000 years later. It is convicting, guiding and challenging.
“You are the salt of the earth,” Jesus said. My question is, “Am I?” Are you the salt of the earth? What does it mean to be the salt of the earth? It means we have a God flavor in everything we say and do. Our reactions and interactions with others will be governed and influenced by the very nature of God alive in us. The word and warning seem to suggest that we may lose our flavor and if that happens are witness for God becomes useless.
How do we stay flavorful? Immerse yourself in the word of God. Linger in Jesus’ presence daily and listen carefully for the whispers of the Holy Spirit within you. Avoid sinful behavior or anything that would destroy your ability to be the hands and feet of Jesus in a very lost world. Be the flavor of Jesus Christ in everything you are, with everyone you meet, in all the seasons of your life.
“You are the salt of the earth. But remember that salt is useful when in association, but useless in isolation.” ― Israelmore Ayivor
“It is clear from our Lord's prayer that He does not intend for us to withdraw from contact with the world of non-Christians (John 17:15). Instead, He said we are to be 'the salt of the earth' . . . ― Jerry Bridges
“People don’t enjoy salt. They enjoy what it salted. We are the salt of the earth. We do not exist for ourselves. – John Piper
Wes Humble is the Executive Director of Ministry and Community Relations at Liberty HealthShare. He has thirty years of experience in various pastoral and editorial roles, and he is passionate about responding to the spiritual needs of both ministry staff and members.