“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
The Salt of the Earth
Through my short time thus far as a graduate and a campus missionary, God has been teaching me about living for him. In this verse, Jesus says that Christians are the salt of the earth, meaning that we must bring the good flavor to the bland French fries. Our lives must be so different that it provides a flavor to the earth, a good flavor that others want more of. God has been showing me that I can’t compartmentalize my life. Everything I do must be for his glory, whether that’s sitting at a prayer table, leading a Bible study, buying my groceries, or reading a book. This life does not belong to me because I gave it over to Him, so I must strive to live that way. By doing that, God’s flavor invades the world.
Salt makes us crave water. Think about the last time you downed an entire order of French fries from McDonald’s (I use them as an example because they have the saltiest fries). You probably wanted something to drink sometime during the middle. Likewise, if Christians are the salt of the world, our lives should cause people to crave water. Who gives the water? Jesus. In John 7:37-39, Jesus tells the crowds that he will provide the living water so that no one will ever thirst.
37 On the last day, the climax of the festival, Jesus stood and shouted to the crowds, “Anyone who is thirsty may come to me! 38 Anyone who believes in me may come and drink! For the Scriptures declare, ‘Rivers of living water will flow from his heart.’” 39 (When he said “living water,” he was speaking of the Spirit, who would be given to everyone believing in him. But the Spirit had not yet been given,[f] because Jesus had not yet entered into his glory.)
Our lives should be so salty that people seek God. Our lives should point to Jesus. Every part of our lives.
Stay tuned for thoughts on the rest of the verse about what happens when we lose our saltiness.