““Salt is good; but if the salt has lost its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? It is neither fit for the land nor for the dunghill, but men throw it out. He who has ears to hear, let him hear!””
Luke 14:34-35 NKJV
As I read through Luke chapter 14, I was reminded that saltiness is crucial. I was also reminded that salt can lose its power. There is danger in not feeding the saltiness, in not doing the things that foster that salinity in the first place.
Our spiritual saltiness comes from God, and is built up through our time with Him in the form of reading the Scriptures, prayer, fellowship, and confession of sins.
In the practical, secular sense, salt has many uses. It is a cleaner, it is a preservative, it is a flavor enhancer, it can foster healing when one has an injury in the mouth, or a sore throat. It can be thrown on the ground, melting the ice so old men like me don’t fall and break stuff.
It is so useful and precious, that in bygone days it had great worth and was used as money. Salt is powerful, as it is greatly needed in day to day life. In some situations salt is used to lure people, and draw them near. Concession stands at ball parks feature lots of salty snacks that people crave, knowing that the saltiness creates thirst, causing people to then buy lots of beer.
In the spiritual realm, we use salty speech, holy speech, as we present the Gospel to people. The Holy Spirit takes our words, seasoned with salt, and makes them delightful, alluring, and bringing about the conviction of the soul unto salvation.
“Walk in wisdom toward those who are outside, redeeming the time. Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer each one.”
Colossians 4:5-6 NKJV
Fitly measured salt can make a meal spectacular, and can also make the words of one saved by the blood of Jesus communicate the saving message of the Gospel to all who will hear.
It also pays to have a salty life. As Christians, we must know that we are being watched. Sin damages people, regardless of whether that sin is affirmed by the greater society or not. Those caught up in it have great pain and struggle, shame and guilt. They are often in too deep, and don’t know how to escape. They can find themselves watching those who have called upon Jesus and note what they do, in the hope of seeing a difference.
“Beloved, I beg you as sojourners and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts which war against the soul, having your conduct honorable among the Gentiles, that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may, by your good works which they observe, glorify God in the day of visitation.”
I Peter 2:11-12 NKJV
As ambassadors of Jesus, we must represent the Kingdom with our lives, and must live in contrast to all that is of this world. We who have the Holy Spirit of God, stand out against the chaotic backdrop of the culture. We are like lights shining in the darkness, drawing sinners like moths to a flame. Instead of destruction, they find salvation in Jesus Christ who governs all that we do. When we walk in the Spirit, love flows from all that we do, and that love draws the brokenhearted and the hurt.
All too often, though, we place our faith on the backburner, and pursue other interests, feeling as though we can simply go back to it when we have time. Or it becomes our Sunday thing, part of that God compartment. Our salt becomes diluted by other things that make us more fleshly and far less useful to the Lord.
Brothers and sisters, let us be salty, as we abide in Jesus and seek Him in all that we do. Let us be diligent in witnessing of the great salvation found only in Christ. Let us avoid pursuits that take our attention away from the Lord and reducing our salinity. Our world is thirsty for the living water.
“Jesus answered and said to her, “Whoever drinks of this water will thirst again, but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.””
John 4:13-14 NKJV
May our lives be like the slogan of a potato chip company long ago. May the Gospel be irresistible leading people to not be able stop once they taste and see.
“Oh, taste and see that the LORD is good; Blessed is the man who trusts in Him!”
Psalms 34:8 NKJV