What Does it Mean to Be Salt?

“You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt has become tasteless, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under foot by men.” — Matthew 5:13

What does it take today to make an impact on the people in the world around us? Is your life’s salt flavorful so other people see Christ in you?

Why do so few people today choose to make a difference? Our lives are bombarded with circumstances and pressing demands on our time and attention. We experience so many diversions that we allow our salt to become useless. As authentic followers of Jesus Christ living in a challenging culture we cannot afford to lose our impact. We cannot push our salt shaker aside or pass the buck to someone else. If we see someone in need we should help them by showing them Christ and meeting their need. We need to be an encouragement to others. Never let it be said that your salt is tasteless.

It is easy today to avoid the needs and focus on the barrage of minutia that floods our lives. It is easy to abandon our convictions for compromise. It is simple to sit back and let the world run us down or run us over. It is easy to keep saying it is okay as the world continues down a destructive path. We choose to be effective or ineffective. Functional or dysfunctional.

Don’t let the adversary move your salt shaker. God wants us to flavor our lives with meaning and hope so others can see the difference Jesus makes in our lives.

O Father, we know that within the sound of our voice we can find someone in need, someone looking for hope. Lord, help us see where and when we become complacent. Help us be sensitive to the needs of those around us. Help us become sensitive to those near us every day, Father, that we might be just the salt they need to reach them as Jesus would. We pray, O God, that your Spirit would encourage us not to slow down, not to become comfortable, not to just exist. Help us, O Father, to push forward. To not give up or give out, but rather to push ourselves harder, farther and longer, O God, so that we can be salt where You need us to be. So we might flavor others and You might receive all the glory. In Jesus’ precious name we pray. Amen.