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 by men.” Salt was used to preserve food by 1st century people In the Middle East, esp. meat which would quickly spoil in the desert environment. Today, we, as believers in Christ are preservatives to the world, “preserving it from the evil/wickedness all around us through the Gospel. We are to influence the world for the good! We are to be peacemakers! “”Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the children of God. ” Matt 5:9. We are to be careful in what what we say and how we say it! “Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person.” Col. 4:6!
We also use salt to enhance the flavor of our food. I love my real sea salt? I could not survive without it! In the same way, we are called to enhance the flavor of the world we live in by allowing Christ to live His life through us! If we are guided by His Spirit and are obedient to Christ, we will influence our world for good, as salt flavors our food. Where there is strife, we are to be peacemakers, to be the ministers of reconciliation (2Cor. 5:18); where there is sorrow, we are to be hands and feet of Christ, binding up wounds, and where there is hatred, we are to example Christ’s love, returning good for evil (Lk. 6:35), for Love is kind, patient, and is not self seeking! (1Cor. 13)
We all know that what is happening around us has to do with the heart issues, sin issues! Paul said that our fight is not against flesh and blood but against the powers of spiritual darkness (Eph. 6). Racism is not from God. God says I created one race-human race-with different ethnic groups! And each ethnic group is valuable in His eyes, created in His image. But we, human beings, have messed it up. We messed up God’s original design, intent and purpose for humanity! We were created to love and serve one another in humility, to live in unity (Gal. 5:13)!
We are to be the Light of the world. Our good works (deeds of Kindness, compassion, mercy, gentleness) are to shine brightly for all to see! ” Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.” Matt 5:16.
Our presence in the world should be like a light in the darkness. Picture darkness…what happens when the light is turned on??? Everything is bare! We can see everything, even the tiny dust!:) Our good deeds must be evident to all, esp. to those who don’t know Christ yet! Are those who look to us today, glorify the Father as in verse 16?! If not, then what is preventing us from being His salt and light? I think we know the answer….We are losing our saltiness and light by accepting the way of the world, identifying ourselves more and more with them without even realizing it. Our thinking is influenced by the world, by media and by what we see and hear. “Jesus turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me; you do not have in mind the concerns of God, but merely human concerns.” What are the concerns of God today? The same as in the past, the Spirit filled, Spirit-led lifestyle of genuine discipleship! That’s what God is concerned about the most! His heart is after the lost! And that is what He wants to burden our hearts with! We can continue to be the salt and light to our world only by remaining focused on Christ and being obedient to His call in our lives! He is the Solution to all the problems we are faced with today! Let us focus on the “concerns of God” as Jesus asks us! Let us not be a stumbling block to Jesus and His life in us! He wants to manifest His life through us freely! Lord, have Your way in us!