‘You are the salt of the earth, but if the salt loses its flavor…”: How can Christians be salt?
I was praying the other night. More like, pouring my heart out to God. I seemed to be getting verbally insulted and persecuted from all different directions. I had spoken words that Jesus Himself spoke, and was met with unkind words. I was standing against our culture/world and its popular views, and upholding the teachings of the Bible. Then I remember what Jesus said, “Yes, and everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution” (2 Timothy 3:12). He also said blessed are those who are insulted because of being a Christian, and that no servant is greater than his master (Matthew 5:11; John 13:16). If Jesus was treated poorly, why don’t we expect that as His followers?
“Father God, look at this persecution”, I prayed, as though He didn’t already see. God does see everything. Then, as I was dozing, this scripture came to me very strongly:
You are the salt of the earth: but if the salt has lost its savor, how shall it be salted? it is thereafter good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men. (Matthew 5:13)
When faced with persecution, it is because of saltiness. Will Christians continue to be salt, despite the persecution? If a Christian loses their flavor because of trying to blend in with the world, they will become useless.
Jesus likes salty Christians. I turned to my deceased Grandmother’s nifty Bible commentary to give me some insight into this salt notion. What exactly does it mean to be…”salty”. Can one be too…”salty”? Am I “salty”?
To be salty is to stand apart from the world, to be like a perservative to the morally decaying culture around us. What kind of Christian are you? Do you stand out like light in a dark place? Are you salty? Are you sanctified and set apart despite the cost?
Back in that culture when Jesus walked this earth, salt was very valuable and crucial. Christians who are not salty are really of no use, but to “be cast out and trodden under foot by men”. That makes me want to be salty. Here is what Grandma’s commentary says…enjoy!