Are you "salty"?
Updated: Dec 3, 2019
13 “You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people's feet.
14 “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.
In our culture today, being “salty” isn’t necessarily a good thing to be. It is taken to mean that we are bitter, we are angry, we are trying to be takers of joy in the world’s eyes of saltiness. This is the polar opposite of what Jesus is saying here, and it makes sense that the world would take this out of context. The world is constantly trying to take what Jesus has made good and make it wrong or undesirable. But let’s dive into what Jesus is saying here about being “salt of the earth” and let’s reimagine what it is to be “salty” in a Christ centered way.
For starters, Christ is saying that we are the salt of the earth because salt is something that gives flavor and brings life to this culture’s food. Salt was also meant to be something that added a new element, salt was used to enhance whatever it was put on. Not only that but salt was a great natural preservative, and salt was meant to be used to keep things fresh. In the same way, Christians are meant to enhance other’s experiences here on the earth by bringing the fruits of the spirit. Christians are meant to live a life that adds enjoyment to the world. We are also meant to preserve, we are here to help in the process of the preservation of souls! This imagery while confusing at first read is actually a deep and beautiful expression of our abilities to be more than we seem, in a small package even (Think faith the size as a mustard seed small!).
So if we have lost our ability to add enjoyment, to enhance the lives of others, or to help in the preservation of other’s salvation, what good are we as Christians? As harsh as that sentiment is, it is also a hard pressing question that every Christian should be aware of. Are you using your abilities, your time, your treasure, your talents in order to advance the kingdom of God and continuing to be “Salt of the earth”? Or have you run out of flavor- blending into the world without anyone taking notice of the transformational power Jesus can have over our lives?
Now let’s take a look at the subject of “light”. Over and over again, Jesus is represented as the light of the world, the light in the darkness, the light of our hope, and so many other forms of light! Here, Jesus is telling us that not only are WE the light of this world, but we are here to shine light so that others may know God’s glory! Jesus makes a rather obvious observation that people don’t put lamps under a basket to be hidden, but lamps are used to illuminate the entire house. He’s trying to show us that no matter what, we should be bold and uninhibited. Never apologizing for being what we are (Light), and always taking advantage of that fact by casting out darkness all around us. In this world, we are in no shortage of darkness and fear, so Jesus is here to call us to cast those things out, because that’s how we bring honor and glory to the father. Don’t hide your love, your relationship, your hope in Jesus, we are called to stand out, just as light stands out of the darkness.
If you’re feeling as if you have lost the taste of your salt I hope that you take some time this week to pause, take stock of what is keeping you bland, and asking God to restore the saltiness that He has called you to.
What in your life looks like “light” and what areas have been made dark because of you trying to hide parts of yourself from God? From others?
Is there someone you can reach out to about these things? Can you ask them to keep you accountable to the ways you want to change if you’re feeling tasteless or darkened?
Father, we ask in your perfect provision to remind us that we are called to be as you are. Let us be salt to those who don’t know you, so that we can enhance their life and be part of their soul’s preservation. Lord, let us not hide under baskets but let us shine so brightly that people have to stop and take notice of the work you’re doing in and through us. Lord, help us to be bold with your name, help us to reach out to the coworker, to the family member, to the person at the coffee shop about what it means to know you intimately, deeply, richly. Father, you have given us every capability to proclaim your name with a peace and assuredness and I pray that over every one reading this. Remind us daily what our purpose on the earth is, to bring glory to you and to tell people about that glory, and let us not grow weary in doing good for your kingdom. Let your will be done in our lives and let us live according to your plan. We love and treasure your heart for us, Lord. Amen.