The Nature of a Disciple Part – 1

Mathew 5:13 -“You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its flavour, how shall it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men.

No human life is possible without sodium chloride or salt and salt is the only trace mineral that is found in every cell in the human body. Without it, the organism would cease to function; therefore, salt is a biological necessity.

Salt was once deemed so valuable that it was used as a currency and probably why the saying “He’s not worth his salt” made sense.

Think of this. Salt is invaluable to human life and so we who are followers of Christ are to be an extension of Jesus Christ and through our actions offer the message of this priceless gift of eternal life in Christ. Without Christ, eternal life in the kingdom is impossible (Acts 4:12).

Bland food is useless but good salt seasons everything it touches. Salt enhances the flavour of food. Salt was used as a cleansing agent for wounds. Salt was and still is used as a preserving agent for foods and inhibits and prevents spoilage. Today, many medicines still contain salt compounds in them and the old home remedy of gargling with warm salt water can get rid of sore throats and can also help tooth aches by cleansing and killing the germs and bacterial when a tooth becomes infected.

The problem is if we lose our testimony and our life is no different than the unbelieving world then we lose our saltiness and then it’s only good to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.

The comparison here is that when Christians become tainted by unrepentant sin and/or bitterness and their hearts become hardened, they lose their saltiness and are hard to be around. Christians who lose their saltiness become bitter and hardened and are of little use anymore…except to be trampled underfoot.

You probably see why Jesus said that we are to be the salt of the earth…the salt to those who are perishing without Christ, enhancing everything we come in contact with and acting as a life-preserving agent by proclaiming the Author of Life.

In my life there was nothing good in me, but God planted his Word in me. Because of the Word in me, the light began to shine. Like the salt of the earth, through the preaching of the Gospel I saw hope in my life and in the lives of the people who I came in contact with. By remaining focused on Christ and being obedient to His Word I would like to continue being the salt in the world.

Jesus tells us that if we wish to follow Him, we must make a difference in the world. The difference made is “the flavour” or the good works we are to do that will be like “salt” enhancing the flavour in this world by being a witness for Christ!


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