The two of the most popular depictions of Christians in the Bible is that of the “salt” and “light” of the world.
And yet these are the most taken for granted and often misunderstood pictures of what and how Christians should live in this world.
Jesus said, “You are the salt of the earth.” Jesus’ uncanny ability to use ordinary things as object lessons and bring about extraordinary applications is evident.
Three major moves are needed.
1. Season the World.
The context of the passage is that Jesus spoke to a mixed crowd, but primarily to his disciples (“you“). As such, when he spoke to his followers, he was talking to them in a very personal way.
This is actually a two-way street where the disciples will be reminded of who they are and for the seekers to know what they would become if they decided to follow Jesus.
Jesus used simple terms and languages for his listeners. This is for people to understand his teachings: that His followers are to add flavor to the quality of life in the world.
Salt is a common ingredient in every kitchen. It is basically used for seasoning to make any food tasty. It provides additional flavor and quality.
A little or too much of salt makes the food tasteless or salty. Either way, it’s not good.
When Jesus referred to His followers as the salt, the point is to for them to add value and improve the quality of people’s lives, to be blessings to this worlds.
Think of this. What if your life is the only seasoning in this world where people could have a foretaste of heaven?
2. Spread to the World.
Jesus made it clear that the scope of His disciples’ influence is the world. But it is also true that the world of Jesus’ disciples is the home, community, marketplace, work, etc.
There are other known usages of salt. One major use of salt is for preservation. Salt is a popular preservative to prevent food decay, especially in making salted meat, meat, egg, etc.
If Christian disciples fail to live out and preserve its call to Christian living, the world will stay the same or continue to grow worse and decay morally. Christian life influences societies to live in loving and godly ways.
In ancient times, salt was also used as a salary for Roman soldiers, as well as a disinfectant for their wounds at war. Isn’t it a powerful symbol that Christians can serve in binding the wound of people’s lives too?
Is God calling you to bind the wounded souls of your friends or heal their wounded hearts?
How ironic. Lots of Christians are so preoccupied with their tablespoon influence while God wants them to impact the whole pot, the world itself.
3. Stay Salty.
Jesus said, “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.”
During the time of Jesus, people got their supply of salt from the Dead Sea. It’s where the salinity of the water is so high that salt is continuously and endlessly created.
There’s only one problem. This kind of salt has lots of impurities, such impurities were the main causes of Dead Sea salt to lose its saltiness.
Isn’t it interesting that even though Christians are considered “new creation” still the sinful human impurities are still there?
Isn’t it true that the main cause of Christians to lose its spiritual saltiness is because of many impurities or lack of commitment to purity, both doctrinal and moral hypocrisy?
What ancient people did to tasteless salt was to scatter it and make road pavements light. At least, even in its lowest form, salt still serve underneath in helping people go to its destinations. In fact, salt is being used to melt the snow on the road during winter.
Have you heard about the new solar light invention made by Aisa Mijeno, a Filipino inventor and CEO of SALt? It’s actually a combination of salt and water to produce light through this formula: Electrolytes + Electrodes = Electricity.
What else is out there to tell us the massive potential of this special ingredient? The science of health could still discover the power and benefits of salt in a person’s body. I even saw farmers feeding their water Buffaloes with salt from time to time.
The truth is, Jesus did not say the salt will not be able to restore its saltiness. It may take a miracle to restore it. But if Jesus could turn water into wine, is it impossible for Him to restore the saltiness of a salt that has lost its flavor?
That’s where God’s grace comes in–that undeserved favor from God despite our shortcomings.
Imagine God cooking in the universe’s kitchen with the world as His cooking pot. Can you smell what God is cooking?
He took a pinch of salt to season the food. How does it taste?
Have you ever realized how God uses something as someone on what he is cooking?
To flavor the world, God uses Jesus followers.
Glenn Plastina (c) 2017