Matthew 5:13 “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.”
Colossians 4:6 Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.
I have been off work the last couple of days and it’s springtime on the farm, and springtime means garden time. Garden time means preserving. Saturday, the kids helped Jeff and I snap a bushel of green beans.. We then canned 26 quarts of green beans, and we put 19 quarts of cauliflower in the freezer.. We love working together as a family canning and preserving. It is a lot of hard work, but the food tastes oh so much better than anything that you can buy from the store.
One of the important ingredients used in canning vegetables is salt. Salt has been used for many years in food preservation to prevent decay of food. Back in the first century, Middle Easterners used salt to preserve food due to lack of refrigeration. The salt helped to keep the food from decaying quickly. We also use salt to add flavor to the foods we are preserving. Salt just makes foods taste better. Also, when we eat foods flavored with salt, we become thirsty. These are three of the functions of salt: preservation, flavor, and increasing thirst.
You have probably been told once or twice in the past to “stop being so salty,” but today, I’m going to tell you to be even more salty! As a Christ follower we are to be preservatives to the world. We are to help preserve the world from sin and evil by living for Christ daily. We are to share Christ’s love with a dying and decaying world. That’s part of our calling as salty Christians. We must share our faith so that others can cling to the beautiful gift of salvation.
Secondly, we are supposed to add the flavor of life to the world. Think about the difference a little salt makes. Try frying up an egg and not adding any seasoning. How bland would that be? How much better is it if you add a little salt and pepper? Now we’re talking. What a difference it makes in the taste of the food! Salt adds flavor. As Christians, we should be making a difference in the world. This world is in a mess. There is so much evil everywhere we look. As followers of Christ, we should be doing what we can to make a change. We can’t reverse the corruption of this old world, only God can, but we definitely can make an impact.
When things go wrong, we tend to give up, run the other way, or look the other way. We don’t want to do what is necessary to make a change. But we can’t lose our saltiness too quickly. There’s work to be done, and you may be the saltiness someone has been looking for that points that person the Christ. We must daily strive to live life out flavored with the goodness of Christ.
Salt also makes us thirsty. Jesus wants us to thirst for Him. The saltier we are, the thirstier we will be for Christ. We will crave Him more, and we will constantly be trying to quench our thirst for Him. After all, He is the living water.
One other thing I’ve learned about salt is that the old devil doesn’t like it at all! The saltier you become in your Christian walk, the madder he becomes. The closer you walk towards Christ, the harder he will work to try to break you down. He’ll try to throw troubles in your path, but you just have to persevere towards preservation of faith in Christ. You have to keep sprinkling salt all over the place and keep your words and your life seasoned with love for Christ and others. Continue to thirst for the Lord no matter how trying things become. Get put there and be salty today!