Matthew 5:13 13You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste (its strength, its quality), how can its saltiness be restored? It is not good for anything any longer but to be thrown out and trodden underfoot by men
We are called to be the salt of the earth. Salt is a seasoning that adds flavor, liveliness, vigor and zest. As Christians we are supposed to be people that bring a little flavor to the world around us. I happen to like salt on my food. Sometimes I will eat something and it’s bland and boring to my taste-buds, so I put a little salt on it. Suddenly it tastes completely different. What once was blah is now fantastic! That’s kind of what we are called to do in this world. Take the blah and bland out of life by seasoning it up a little bit. When we walk into a room the atmosphere should change just because we are so full of the life of God that it spills out onto everyone around us. We are the salt of the earth, but the only reason we have anything to give is because we have the Spirit of God on the inside of us. I think it interesting that salt is not only used to spice things up, but also to preserve. When I looked up the meaning of the word preserve I found that it means to make sure something lasts- to keep something protected from anything that would cause its current quality or condition to change or deteriorate or cause it to fall out of use. The very thing that gives us the ability to bring life to those around us is also the very thing that keeps us from ever losing our flavor. If we stay in tune to the Spirit of God, by reading His Word, by spending time in prayer, by fellowshipping with Him, we will be preserved, we will keep our witness. We will have the joy of the Lord that is our strength to carry us through even the difficult times in life.
This passage says if salt loses its taste how can it be restored? It’s not good for anything anymore. If we lose our zest and vigor what good are we to those around us? Have you ever been around someone who was just gloomy and depressed all the time, who never had anything good to say, who was always in despair even though they were a Christian? Those kind of people have definitely lost their saltiness. The good thing for us is, even though real salt can’t ever get its flavor back once it’s lost, we can. Lamentations 3:18-23 says 18And I say, Perished is my strength and my expectation from the Lord. 19[O Lord] remember [earnestly] my affliction and my misery, my wandering and my outcast state, the wormwood and the gall. 20My soul has them continually in remembrance and is bowed down within me. 21But this I recall and therefore have I hope and expectation: 22It is because of the Lord’s mercy and loving-kindness that we are not consumed, because His [tender] compassions fail not. 23They are new every morning; great and abundant is Your stability and faithfulness. The author of this passage is at a place where he is miserable, probably not bringing a whole lot of life to those around him. But wait- in verse 21-23 he remembers that the Lord’s mercy and loving-kindness are new EVERY morning. Great and abundant is the faithfulness of the Lord. He went from being blah to fantastic in the matter of a verse. If you have lost some of your flavor, take heart- the mercies of the Lord are new today and every day for the rest of your life. You can get your saltiness back. Just fellowship with our God for a bit and you will be ready to season anyone who comes across your path today.