Jesus and Salt

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This is my 2nd blog in a series called “Jesus Said”. The purpose of this series it to look closer at the word of God and discover the message God has for us so we don’t drift away from the life He desires for us. Therefore we must pay much closer attention to what we have heard, lest we drift away from it.  Hebrews 2:1  Today we are looking at what Jesus said about salt.

Let’s begin by looking at the definition of salt. Salt is a white substance used to flavor or preserve food. Chemically speaking, salts are compounds that result from an acid or base after being neutralized.

“You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people’s feet.” Matthew 5:13 (from the Sermon on the Mount to Jesus’s disciples and the crowds who gathered)

Like salt, when our lives are filled with the Word of God we can be preserved to look more like the person Christ sees and have the ability to bring others to Christ. Being filled with Christ, we can neutralize anger, resentment, fear and other entanglements that enter our hearts and minds.

Salt is good, but if the salt has lost its saltiness, how will you make it salty again? Have salt in yourselves, and be at peace with one another.” Mark 9:50

We could look at this from several angles, but it seems Jesus mostly talks about how we restore the saltiness if the taste is lost. In other words, how do we return to being the salt of the earth and productive disciples for His glory and kingdom if we have lost our way (saltiness). We are useless if we are not connected in Christ through His word and Holy Spirit. Although, Jesus doesn’t give us specific directions  in these verses on how to specifically restore the saltiness, He reminds us that salt without flavor is useless. In fact, in Luke 14:35 (ESV) Jesus says, “It is of no use either for the soul or for the manure pile” No sugar coating the meaning in that verse!

We are useless to share God’s word and love with others if we lose our saltiness or connection with Him. All the things we desire: peace, rest, forgiveness, love, restoration, healing, eternal life, contentment, strength, passion, __________________________________ (you fill in a word). All these things can only come from one source. The source of life that flows from our Heavenly Father. He is the only one who can offer us the lasting salty flavor we crave and need to be useful for His glory.

Although he doesn’t give us specific ways to find our salty flavor in these passages, we are reminded throughout scripture in other places on how to make it happen. Check out these verses:

But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.  Matthew 6:33

And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him. Hebrews 11:16

“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. Matthew 7:7

If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. James 1:5

I know! It seems to simple, but the key to keeping it salty is to ask and to believe. He who has given so much to us – asks so little in return. Why do we make it harder than it needs to be? What are some ways you can return the salty flavor into your life?

 

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