You are the Salt of the Earth

"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."

Jesus makes a declaration about his followers. He says that our purpose is to be salt. Here is what Albert Barnes says about it:
Salt renders food pleasant and palatable, and preserves from putrefaction. So Christians, by their lives and instructions, are to keep the world from entire moral corruption.
It causes me to remember that we are salt shakers in the Lord's service. In a sense the Holy Spirit turn us upside down, shakes us and releases salt into the lives of those around us.

When I think about this idea the word encouragement comes to me. I think that the Holy Spirit will often use us (as in 1Corinthians 14:3) to bring comfort, strength and encouragement to others. This kind of salt will help people to make it another day. This salt is totally relational in nature - it can only be spread in a relational context.

Turn me upside down Lord and shake the salt out of me.

3 comments:

  1. I see an entirely different urgency to the message: don't be salt that has lost its savor. It's a warning as well as a directive.

    If we think because we call ourselves "Christian" but do not serve the least of our brothers and take up our crosses daily and follow Him and observe the message of the Beatitudes, knowing that we will be given a very hard road and must persevere, then we ain't got no savor, we are no real witness to His Salvation.

    So thanks: I'm reminded to stay savory!

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  2. Thanks Therese! I think that your comment takes encouragement to the next level.

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  3. That's an excellent comment, Therese ~~ sometimes we do forget that salt isn't salt if it loses it taste.

    I want to be a "savory" Christian.

    Good thoughts Bob..

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