Verse 13a “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again?"
Today we start digging into another parable – salt and light. This is a mini parable that many may not even have seen as a parable but it does fit the definition. So let’s delve in and see what we can learn.
Salt. It can be used for so many things, it can do good and it can harm. We all know what it is and know various places to find it. It is in the water of the sea and yet is missing in the rivers that flow from them. We have it in our kitchens and on our tables, we even take it on picnics. Hopefully after our discussions this week we will never look at salt without thinking about our lives.
The first aspect of salt that we will look at is flavor. Unless our health has deemed it a bad idea, most of us are given to sprinkle salt, at least from time to time, on our plate or into the pot we are cooking in. It enhances the flavor, balances sweetness and suppresses other flavors like bitterness.
Eating without flavor is just boring ritual. I’m sure we have all had experiences, when feeling sick, where we couldn’t taste even our favorite dishes. We also know the joy of tasting our favorite meal that mom makes. Taste is a great gift from God and yet can be an issue in our lives if we give in to it with no self-control. Salt can also cause us issues if we don’t use it in moderation. But what is Jesus meaning about being salt of the earth?
Jesus didn’t say that we should be like the salt of the earth but that we ARE the salt of the earth. We are not to enhance the flavor of the world. This world is not to be made to seem better than it is. So how are we to bring more flavor to the earth? We are to bring the flavor of Christ to the world. So what is the flavor of Christ we are to bring to the world?
For starters how about how He enhances life? Can someone looking at our lives see something that is different from the world’s way of living? He should be enhancing our lives if we are living in Him and His way of life. It should be evident in our lives that He is real sweetness and not syrup that can’t be stomached. He should also be evident in our lives by the removal of bitterness. Are you living as salt?
Making It Personal
In what ways are you being salt? In what ways are you needing to start being the salt you are? Have you ever thought about yourself as salt and what that should mean to those around you?
Making It Personal Kids
What do you like salt on? Why do you like salt on it? Did you know that Jesus said we are to be like salt in the world?
Father, thank You for giving us examples in the world of what we are supposed to be. Give us the knowledge and conviction about what it means to live as salt. In Jesus’ name, amen.