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 (NKJV)
Ever felt insignificant or unneeded? Maybe it happened on the job, or in a personal situation.
I know I have. It’s easy to feel irrelevant, especially if you feel like you’ve been upstaged by others who clearly can handle the job as well as–or better–than you.
But I tell you, friend, you are quite the opposite of insignificant, unneeded, and irrelevant.
You are chosen by God, set apart with the special honor of making Him known. You are so loved that God gave His Son’s own blood and life to give you eternal life. You are instrumental and essential to God’s plans here on earth!
In Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount, He refers to us as salt. Salt was essential to many things back then, and still is today.
Salt was, and is, excellent as a preservative. As believers, we can help preserve what purity is left in this world.
Nutritionally, salt was and is an essential electrolyte and mineral to the human body, helping maintain the water and electrolyte balance in our bodies, as well as with muscle and nerve function. Likewise, believers are essential in the tug ‘o war of spiritual warfare every day.
In the ancient world, depending on which historians you read, salt was a form of pay, or an essential that could be purchased with one’s pay. The word salary originates from salarium and the root sal. As believers, we add flavor and life to the world around us through how we live for Christ.
When Jesus spoke of salt losing its flavor, He meant in a spiritual sense, not a literal sense. (The ionic compound of salt, sodium chloride, is so stable that it actually can’t lose its flavor!)
As essential as we are here on earth as instruments of God’s will and plans, we are on a global stage to win the lost for Him…to live vibrant, inspiring, lives to be savored!
We are not here on earth to live bland, lukewarm lives. We are like the essential seasoning to punch up an otherwise boring and flavorless world.
Season every moment, day, month, and year with richness of spirit that you can only muster with God’s help. Ask Him every day to energize and invigorate you, especially when you can’t, so all will see through you to Him!
TobyMac’s “This Is Not A Test” reminds us that our lives are not practice, or a test or a drill–this is it! Let’s show God all we’ve got to His glory!