We have been given all sorts of names by God in the Bible. We’ve been called sheep, brethren, little one, son, child. But in Matthew 5:13, Jesus called us ‘salt’. Salt? *confused look*
“You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men”.
When Jesus gave us the name ‘salt, He is simply reminding us that we have the opportunity and in fact the duty to exert an influence on the world.
This whole being salt business got me musing. What’s up with being the Salt of the Earth? What is the significance of Salt? I did a bit of googling and general research into this and discovered some amazing facts. An exact percentage of it is always present in our bloodstream. Any change or deviation from this quantity will result in sickness or even death.
Salt is a sustainer of other species too and this is the reason sea water supports more organisms than fresh water would.
Also, as a preservative, stops things from spoiling.
As we all know, it add flavour to our meals as a condiment. Even the Knorr and Maggi we use contain salt. *Random cooking tip: My mom does not believe in using any seasoning but salt in beans*
In the Bible, we see where salt was referred to numerously:
In Leveticus 2:3, it was a symbol of binding covenant.
In 2 Kings 2:20-21, it was used as a cleansing aid and purifier.
In Luke 14:34-35, it was used to prevent decay.
[For more on the significance of Salt in the Biblical sense, check out this site.]
We have the ability to preserve life and ward off danger. Salt wards off rot and decay. Back in Naij, I remember salt was rubbed on smoked fish and stuff. I asked my mom and I was told it is used to prevent its decay. In the case of Sodom and Gomorrah, God was really insistent that if He could find 10 righteous people in the land, He would relent on His plan to destroy the city (Genesis 18) This means that as ‘Salty’ Christians, we can prevent ills from taking place where we are. For our sakes, evils can be averted. There are so many benefits from being a salty Christian.
Unfortunately, it is possible to lose one’s savour. It puzzled me at first when I read this passage in Luke 14:34:
Salt [is] good: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be seasoned?
The Bible passage goes on to say that such salt should be thrown away because it is now frankly useless. It is now as good as mere sand.
How does one lose their saltiness? I think it is when we stop exhibiting those traits mentioned above. I think it is when we blend so much with the world, people cannot even tell us apart. How then can we be of use when we have become the same as what we intend to influence?
In this world, as someone who has taken a stand for God, people will not always like you. They would wonder what your problem is. They would ask, ‘were you the one who killed Jesus, why are you such a fanatic?’ However, it is important to remember to stay focussed on the prize, on the goal. If we shake on our resolve and fall back into our forsaken sinful ways, our testimony will be tainted and eventually lost. Paul said something in 1 Corinthians 9:27 that I really find deep:
But I discipline my body and bring it into subjection, lest, when I have preached to others, I myself should become disqualified.
Even Peter said,
You are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s own people, that you may declare the wonderful deeds of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light. Once you were no people but now you are God’s people; once you had not received God’s mercy but now you have received mercy. (1 Peter 2:9-10)
Salt is not salty only in the sea. It is salty everywhere. Likewise, we should endeavour to refrain from becoming only ‘Christiany’ in Church and speaking our Christianese, ‘bless you brother’, ‘Sister Mary’, ‘it is well’ whereas, people outside know us to be someone else entirely. We cannot be of any influence that way.
We should always strive to preserve our saltiness through praying to God for help, reading His Word and generally living a holy life. It’s not easy when we attempt to do it by ourselves through our strength, but when we call on God for help, He will always help us.
This year, I really want to maintain my ‘saltiness’ and even get saltier. Like I said earlier, it is not the easiest of tasks and that is why I want to totally depend on God and His Holy Spirit for help. I have so many great plans but we all know that the spirit is willing but the flesh gets weak. My prayer is that we all will hold on to God and never ever lose our flavour in Jesus’ name. Amen.
That’s all people (for now)