I never quite understood the modern version of this colloquialism, but I’ve heard people described as “salt of the earth” kind of people. Whatever that means in the modern western world, I’m not sure we understand the significance of how Jesus identified believers in the Sermon the Mount.
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 underfoot.
~ Matthew 5:13 NIV
I happen to love salt. Probably too much! When I’m in the grocery store, I’m a little amazed at the varieties of salt available. You can find iodized or non-iodized table salt, sea salt, course ground Kosher salt, pink Himalayan sea salt, and plenty of other varieties. Why? Because we LOVE our salt!
Jesus didn’t just tell us to go and try to be the salt of the earth. He spoke it as an identifying label. You are the salt of the earth. It’s who you are. You were created to affect the world around you in a variety of salty ways on God’s behalf, and understanding what salt does will help you to know what you’re supposed to do in order to be true to your identity in Christ.
- As salt of the earth, you get to flavor the world around you. People should get a taste of the goodness of God from being in your presence, and they’ll probably be left wanting more.
- You also get to preserve the world around you. In a moral sense, you get to live in such a way that slows down the sliding away of a culture.
- Sometimes, you will irritate people, but when your real intent is to bring healing, sometimes that means sharing truth that stings in a loving way.
- And you also get to permeate the world. Salt, in water, spreads out. In the same way, we get to spread out as believers to share the good news about Jesus together.
Someone in your life needs to taste and see that the Lord is good by coming into contact with you. It’s who you are, in Christ. So go be you, love people, and add some flavor to your world today!