what does it mean to be salt? March 06, 2015 10:30
Just as we are called the light of the world, we are also called the salt of the earth. In Matthew 5:13 Jesus says, "You are the salt of the earth. But if 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." So what does it mean to be salt?
Salt had two main purposes. It was used to preserve food, especially meat, that would spoil without refrigeration. Christians are to be preservatives of the world, preserving it from the darkness of an ungodly society. We must also preserve the difference between the Christian and the world so that we do not blur the distinction through choices made out of convenience, comfort, or disregard for obedience to Christ.
Salt was and still is used to enhance the flavor of food. Likewise, believers in Christ should enhance the flavor of life. Living a life with Christ will influence the world for good. We are to be the peacemakers, the comforters, the givers, the ministers, and the love of God. We are the body of Christ and we can have a positive impact on this world just by living in obedience to him.
Matthew 5:13 also warns us of losing our saltiness. Our role as salt of the earth can be hindered by the choices we make that compromise for what is comfortable and convenient rather than what truly pleases God. We must not blur the distinction. As salt and light, our life should be an obvious, credible witness of God. If we remain humble and walk in obedience with Christ, we will remain salt and light of the world. But when we step away from that lifestyle we blur the lines and hinder our testimony. Mark 9:50 reminds us to "Have salt in yourselves, and be at peace with one another."
We have to remain focused on Christ to remain as salt of the earth and light of the world.
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