“You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men." Matthew 5:13
SALT has a very powerful potential. In the scripture above, God has purposefully used the word "salt" to describe our potentials in the world. The potential of salt is highly qualified:
* It preserves (as a preservative)
* It penetrates (as a seasoning)
* It produces tastefulness (as a seasoning)
* Salt is involved in regulating the water content (fluid balance) of the body (wikipedia)
In other words, salt influences or impacts the medium in which it is placed. Therefore, if Jesus said, "you are the SALT of the earth," what do you think He meant? Did you think He was joking? Did you think He basically just felt like playing around with the word 'salt,' yeah maybe He was playing scrabble? Do you think He was hungry, or maybe He recently ate some food with no salt in it?
No, no, and no! He meant that YOU (yes, YOU!) and I have a SAY here on earth. You have the potential to have a positive effect on food (people). You have the potential to be an influence to somebody's life. You have the potential to regulate the fluid balance in the body (a.k.a "body of Christ"). You have the potential to make an impact in the world. You have the potential to be a role model. You have the power to be somebody's mentor. You can make a difference if you so choose. You can say "YES" and others will listen, or "NO" and others will listen also. You can show the way to life. Your life can be the bible others can study. But you can't be less than salt, and you can't be excessively salty...because if you lose your taste, then you are only good to be thrown outside and trampled by men. If you lose your saltiness, then you have no worth and your life is merely a waste. I pray that your potential to be SALT is restored to you as you read this. You must be a positive influence on someone, and not just merely a recluse. Wikipedia even helps in illustrating this concept more, and I quote "The apostle Paul also encouraged Christians to "let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt" (Colossians 4:6) so that when others enquire about your beliefs, your answer should generate a 'thirst' to know more about Christ." Further research showed me that when the blood cells in the body become "salty," this generates THIRST, and therefore we have to drink water to balance the salt-water concentration of the body. Our urine outflow is also limited so that more water is conserved in the body. Therefore, if we are the 'salt' of the world, we must be able to generate that thirst for God in others, and also we must be able to conserve the living water of God here on earth. Hmm...deep!
***Be the SALT of the earth because you have the potential...***