First, what is salt? “Table salt or common salt is a mineral composed primarily of sodium chloride (NaCl)... Salt is essential for life in general, and saltiness is one of the basic human tastes. Salt is one of the oldest and most ubiquitous food seasonings, and salting is an important method of food preservation.
Salt has been the best-known food preservative, especially for meat, for many thousands of years.” Wikipedia
Why would Jesus compare the Christian to salt? We have just heard that “Salt is essential for life in general…” Christians are so essential to humanity.
Your body needs sodium chloride to survive…” Just like the body needs salt, the world, mankind, is lying in ignorance and wickedness and really needing Christians who understand the grace and mercy of God to share with all who will hear because we have experienced it first hand.
“Jesus was explaining there is salt that is useful with great effectiveness, and there is salt that is useless and thrown away. And we as Christ’s disciples, need to be salt that is useful, that is effective and makes an impact and impression upon those around us.” What Did Jesus Mean When He Said…? When Salt Becomes Unsalty, By Dr. Gary R. Glanville, August 4, 2013
Our presence in the community can be a great blessing. The presence of Christ showing through the lives of believers is essential for this world. Jesus said to be “salt of the earth.” Once people were called the “salt of the earth,” which was a compliment to the behavior and beliefs of a man or a woman who was “a solid citizen and valuable to the community, a backbone kind of person, someone you could count on, respectful, useful, possessing great integrity and worth.” I wonder, are you like that now? “We are to be the salt of the earth, to make others thirst after the kingdom of heaven, so they are wanting more of the things of God.”
Salt, when rubbed on, is a preservative to meat; we who are “the salt of the earth” should become the preservative that will help stay the corruption and decay of this society and particularly to those right around us, loved ones and friends. “As a preservative, we become sort of a moral disinfectant. We help to keep things fresh and alive. We help to defeat corruption and poisonous decay. We add purity where behavior is questionable. And one of the things we can do as Christians to accomplish this is to retain the kingdom virtues, that is, hold on to what we know is true according to the Scripture, and cling to what is right. This is especially important when all about us we see the decline of morals, and values, and integrity. When we are challenged, we do the right thing when we stand on principles that are timeless. What Did Jesus Mean When He Said…? When Salt Becomes Unsalty, By Dr. Gary R. Glanville, August 4, 2013
Do most people do the right thing when challenged in life? Christians are called to respond differently than the world. If you are given too much change at the grocery store or Walmart, would you let them know and make sure that the cashier doesn’t get in trouble or do you think that you got a good deal and just walk away? That may be a small example but it will test you and your principles. Am I saying that there are those who aren’t Christians that have the same principles that we do? Yes there are, but we are to proclaim that we believe and follow Jesus and should exhibit those principles daily and declare that we will be different than the world.
I know a young lady who has loved and served and befriended special needs children and adults for years. She spent time with them, had parties for them, invited them to her parties and spent time with them on Special Olympic days. She has brought more joy and love to the hearts of many who would not have regularly had the care and love they deserved. She shared her life with her friends and even those she did not know personally.
“As Christians, we offer encouragement, hope, cheerfulness, kindness, compassion, mercy, forgiveness, patience, love, going the extra mile, giving a helping hand and so much more. And just like salt adds flavor, it enhances with seasoning whatever it touches, we as believers bring flavor to life. We sprinkle life with the seasoning of Christ’s presence radiating in us and through us by the Holy Spirit.”