TOTAL CHRISTIAN LIFE MINISTRY

Salty

by Cynthia Jennings on October 20, 2021

If you’re like me you probably have a cabinet designated to spices, including spices you probably forgot you had.

Although I have a plethora of spices I cook with, one spice has been removed as a staple from my diet. Salt. Nevertheless, I keep salt in my cabinet. I understand salt has many benefits, not to mention there are certain foods my husband must put salt on to flavor…LOL.

My spice cabinet was once filled with— Himalayan, Kosher, Iodized and Sea Salt, — how did I manage to run out of salt?

Other than brining, I use salt for the occasional sore throat gargle, as a natural cleaning agent, as wells as to exfoliate the mineral residue from my flower vases.

So, it blew my mind when, I reached into my spice cabinet as I was preparing to clean and exfoliate several flower vases, I was out of salt!

It happens. And apparently, I’m not the only one to run out of salt before.

In Matthew 5:13, Jesus tells His disciples (with the crowd listening in),“You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.”

“You are the salt …”

Jesus is saying to his disciples and followers, you are the salt.  It’s a statement declaring their identity — not only who they are but also their purpose. Jesus see you and God see you as precious.  You are valued. You are also what will preserve this world.  You should be a preserving influence on your culture.  Without your Godly influence, this world would be without hope and all the ills of this world would conquer.  But, because with God and His people being the salt, we will preserve and bring goodness.

This passage also talks about flavor, “But if salt has lost its taste, how shall it’s saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled.”  

Just as we use salt for flavor and preserving. Back in Jesus day if they saw that salt lost its flavor or preserving qualities, they would throw it out on the streets. It was not good to them anymore.

As Believers, we too have a preserving effect on this earth because we have the only message {The Gospel of Jesus Christ} that can deliver people from the corruption of sin and give them eternal life.

This passage of scripture should also be a warning to us as Believers. If we are the salt but we lose our flavor, or better said, our influence, preserving qualities for this world, we are no longer a value for the Kingdom of God. Just as salt enhances the flavor of food, so a Christlike character and godly lifestyle cand be an example that draws others to the Savior.

As Believers, we must add Christ’s flavor to whatever environment He places us in. We are to preserve a Christlike culture in a morally decaying world. When others notice our joy and contentment it may entice them to thirst after the God we have inside of us through a relationship with Jesus Christ.

As I pondered over the fact that I didn’t have any natural salt. The Holy Spirit posed a question to me; “What state is your spiritual salt?” The question jarred me! But it also intrigued me. The question presented me with the opportunity to re-evaluate the flavor of my spiritual salt and to go before The Father in prayer.

“Father, thank You for the identity You have entrusted to me — to be salt. Please forgive me for not always being faithful to the call. Prompt my heart and teach me how to bring You into every aspect of my life. Thank You for empowering and entrusting me to be a vessel to do Your work here on earth. In Jesus’ Name, Amen

 

PEARLStoPONDER: Salt has unique healing properties, as does the Gospel. What is the state of your spiritual salt?

Matthew 5:13-- You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people's feet.

Mark 9:49-50-- For everyone will be salted with fire.  Salt is good, but if the salt has lost its saltiness, how will you make it salty again? Have salt in yourselves, and be at peace with one another.”

Luke 14:34-- “Salt is good, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored?

Colossians 4:6-- Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person.

 

 

Comments

Posted by O. Williams on October 20, 2021
Good Morning…Sis. Jennings…This blog is one of my favorites since it so relatable. You can use all the spices and herbs to enhance the flavor of a food when you prepare it. However, after the food is done, place it in front of someone to consume it. I’m sure the first question they’ll ask is, “Where is the salt?” The person is completely aware of the dish’s missing element. It’s what we term a bland dish…When salt is added to a dish, it becomes a primary component. On the spiritual level, we are the salt, as you mentioned. We must have a positive impact on this world. We are not to be like the world, but a symbol of God’s presence in it. Thank you, Sis. Jennings, for being the salt of the earth…Keep doing God’s work…It’s not always pretty, but it’s always worthwhile…❤️😊🙏
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