Why did Jesus tell Christians that they are the “salt of the earth”? It is a curious statement, but when we look at the importance of salt, His meaning becomes clear. Salt is essential to all mammals. It exists in our blood, sweat and tears. It enhances the taste of food and makes us thirsty. It is also a preservative. In Roman times when refrigeration was unknown, it was the only way to preserve meat and many other foods. Salt had great value, and Roman soldiers sometimes received their pay in salt. Jesus’ audience recognized the value of salt in their every day lives and culture.
Mt 5:13-16; Acts 1:8; 2 Cor 5:19; Mt 28:19-20; Mt 5:13; 2 Cor 11:3; Lk 5:31-32
“You are the salt of the earth; but if salt has lost its taste, how can its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything, but is thrown out and trampled under foot.” (Mt 5:13).
As Christians we are salt and enhance culture by living with a sense of purpose, peace and joy. When we live God-honoring lives, it is noticed. It creates interest (thirst) on the part of those who are watching. It opens opportunities to share our faith with those who see that we have something they don’t understand but would like to experience. We are also salt when we challenge the status quo and stand up for what is right, for morality and Christian standards. In this way we help to preserve society and stave off moral decay and societal decline, which naturally happen without a strong moral fiber (Christians) to sustain Godly values. For Maximum Impact we need to have High Potency and Close Proximity in the world. We cannot affect others unless we actively live out our faith with those who are lost. HP+CP=MI.
With what people do you have the closest proximity? How potent is your faith as you interact with these people? Are you aware when God is leading you to talk to someone about faith? How do you gauge the potency needed in a situation? When are you salt in a wound rather than seasoning? Who was salt in your life before you accepted Christ?
Spend time reading the Bible, thinking about God’s word, praying, fellowshipping with other Christians, and worshiping. This is the only way to increase your potency. Ask God to make you sensitive to opportunities for sharing your faith. Ask Him to give you the courage and the words that will be salt to those around you.
Prayer – Salt and Light Lyrics by Jami Smith
Dear God, You make me want to be like You. Your holiness I will pursue. I want the heart of Jesus. Show me the meaning of Your grace. I want to give the world a taste of the love of Jesus. Make me salt, make me light. Let Your holy fire ignite; reveal Your glory in my life. I am not ashamed to lift up Your holy name. Make me salt, make me light. In Jesus Holy Name I pray, Amen!