As I read my morning devotions I continue to pick out verses in Matthew to look at for future use. I find myself thinking about Jesus’ words in the sermon on the mount. He just finished with the beatitudes. He says.
“You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt has become tasteless, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled under foot by men.Matthew 5:13
That one verse packs a punch to the believing Christian! “You are the salt of the earth!
Jesus is saying you are distinct from the rest. You have a great unique privilege and task in this world we live in to be the salt.
Salt is good, very good! In the ancient world salt was used as a preservative. We use it to flavor our food. When I cook steaks on the grill I let them set on the counter for at least and hour marinating in olive oil and yes salt!
So don’t let the masks of Covid 19 muzzle our mouths or actions. We are the salt of the earth! We are to act as preservatives in the world by conforming to the Kingdom norms. What are they? Jesus just mentioned them in the beatitudes. Matthew 5:1-12
We are called to help make this sin filled world more pleasant with our words and deeds without being conformed to the world.
And being conformed to this world is how the salt becomes useless. Jesus in Matthew 5:13 continues and says “but if the salt has become tasteless.” And how does it become tasteless?
Paul writes in Romans 12…
and do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.Romans 12:2
If you have become conformed or are being conformed to the world and try to be salt to the earth it is going to lose its effect. and as Jesus says “the salt has become tasteless.”
Paul again writes in Colossians 4…
Let your speech always be with grace, as though seasoned with salt, so that you will know how you should respond to each person.Colossians 4:6
Jesus goes on to say “It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled under foot by men.“
If you think you can be in two places at once you are fooling yourself. You can’t be salt and light and be conforming to the world at the same time.
Our purpose as believers in this world is to penetrate and change the taste of the very earth we live in.
Sure we can do good without being salt and light to this world, the unbelieving world does it very well! We as believers are called to walk a different path by keeping ourselves unstained by the world. (James 1:27) and do good!
Once we apply salt to someone whether it’s a good deed or words about the gospel of Jesus Christ it will perform its purpose and accomplish what God desires. Isaiah 55:10, 11
Paul again writes in Galatians 6…
So then, while we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, and especially to those who are of the household of the faithGalatians 6:10
And remember this one very important thing believing Christian, God prepared your salty good works beforehand. Paul again in Ephesians 2.
For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; 9 not as a result of works, so that no one may boast. 10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.Ephesians 2:8-10 [Emphasis Mine]
As salvation is a free gift from God so is your salty good works in this world.
So walk in them!
…and that’s a beautiful thing!