While eating dinner a couple of weeks ago, God deposited this in my heart:
Stirred by this thought, I quickly flicked through my Bible to the verse below.
“Let me tell you why you are here. You’re here to be salt-seasoning that brings out the God-flavors of this earth. If you lose your saltiness, how will people taste godliness? You’ve lost your usefulness and will end up in the garbage.” Matthew 5:13 (MSG).
It is so easy to overlook the significance of a God word, simply because we hear it so often. Up until that day, I never really considered the importance of Jesus’ words here. To me, it was just another metaphor.
I was so wrong.
God calls us to be salty. And this isn't something to take lightly.
1. Salt is valuable.
You’re probably thinking, how can salt be valuable? It’s in everything. It’s everywhere. And it’s something that everyone has in their cupboard. While looking into this, I learned that salt was actually more than just a seasoning in Jesus’ time. Unlike today, salt was rare and very expensive. Great value was attached to it, and it was even used to pay soldiers’ wages.
If you’re feeling pretty stink about yourself, this is your reminder you are incredibly valuable. When Jesus said, “You are the salt of the earth.”, I like to think that He was actually also saying, “You have immense value. You are significant. You are precious.”
When the world tells you that you are nothing but plain old salt - invaluable, insignificant and nothing extraordinary - go back to God’s word and see what He has to say about you. God knows you and He loves you and He thinks so highly of you.
2. Salt stimulates thirst.
We live in an incredibly thirsty world where people are looking for validation, love, and significance in all of the wrong places – relationships, bottom lines, reputations, careers, likes, and so on. The truth is, nothing and no one else in this world will ever be able to quench our thirst and satisfy us. Only He can identify our longings and fill our lives.
As salt, God calls us to stimulate the right kind of thirst and help others find fulfillment in Him - and in Him alone. Being around us should make others thirst for who we know. #convicted. We’re here to bring a taste of God to others so that they too can taste and see that He is good.
3. Salt enhances flavours.
In the world of cooking, Its primary job is to enhance and improve upon what is already available.
As salt, we’re not here to blot out colours and flavours. And we’re definitely not here to destroy what we see and replace it with something else. He wants us to bring out the God flavours in everything and everyone - to preserve and encourage the best in one another, and to see and draw out the gifts of each person.
God is constantly waiting to speak to us and through us! Let's strive to be salty - always.