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.
You and I, as Christians, are called the salt of the earth because our lives enhance and give meaning to this existence we call life. Jesus used salt to describe how Christians are needed to bring balance and hope to an otherwise troubled world.
I met a couple who were in the throes of depression. Their only child had died three years ago, and the medical report said the wife would not be able to bear children again. After the service, I encouraged them to listen to the CD with the Word of God on it. The wife willingly listened but the husband was hesitant. I explained to them the importance and how the Word of God is a protecting shield around us that prevents the enemy from stealing our peace of mind, our children, our joy, our relationships, our jobs etc. The husband also received Jesus into his life. The Word of God on the CD was his daily companion to and from work. Listening to the Word of God transformed his thinking and renewed his mind. It brought life into their relationship and sometime later when I met them, they were accompanied by their two little children!
The day we receive Jesus as our Lord God and saviour, we are the salt. Whatever Jesus has done in our life, we as the salt must get in contact with other people and Jesus through us will give them a taste of that salt.
The church is a salt factory – people who are in bondage and in trouble come to the church and Jesus transforms their life. Through their encounter with Jesus, their lives are now blessed and they as the salt of the earth spread the taste of Jesus wherever they go.
I was introduced to a highly qualified professional. His problem was not money – he had enough and more of that! The problem was the alcohol that came tagging along with his professional success and socialising. Before his very eyes, he could see his life going downhill and he wasn’t able to do anything about it. While at work he was introduced to the Word of God. He thought he should try God – and spent the entire weekend listening to the Word of God! The Word got into his mind and brought about a change in his entire life. God’s Word in him took him to great heights and he became the owner of the very business where he once was an employee. That salt influenced him!
“DON’T BE A PEPPER ON THE EYES OF PEOPLE; RATHER BE THE SALT ON THEIR TONGUE AND MAKE A DIFFERENCE THAT INFLUENCES THEIR SENSE OF BELONGING TO THE EARTH.”