Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men (Matthew 5:13 KJV)
Jesus said we are the salt of the earth. What does this mean to you and me? He uses figurative language as usual here to teach us profound spiritual truth about what He had made us to be. The chief property of salt Jesus is using here is its powerful savoring and even preserving influence on its immediate environment. The keyword is influence. If you put salt in any food, be sure the salt will influence the food around it!
Jesus is most concerned about the positive influence of our lives on those around us. Salt has many beneficial uses, but one of the most important of all is the flavor or taste it gives to food, making it palatable. Jesus was essentially teaching His disciples that they bring flavor to the lives of those around them.
Jesus’ life on earth was the prime example of salting or positively influencing others. His life had a seismic shift for the entire human race. Even before the cross, think of the people whose lives were impacted by His teaching, healing, deliverance, feeding the multitude etc.? What do you think Lazarus thought of Jesus after he was raised from the dead? What about Peter, who had followed Him for about three years just observing and listening to Him? Their lives were forever impacted, touched, and transformed in one way or the other.
Be the positive influence the Lord designed you to be in your environment.
What does the figure of light of the world compare with the salt of the earth in this passage?
APPLY THE WORD
The Spirit in us is the power to influence. The Church is not a social club or non-profit good-will organization. It is a Spirit-driven community. We are called to influence the world God’s way, not our way and by His Spirit and not by our might. Salt those around you like Jesus did.
Thank the Father for making you the salt of the earth.