Jesus was clear about our purpose on the earth in Matthew 5: 13:
You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.
All other purposes or visions for our lives should spring from this main purpose.
We were commanded to mix and mingle and share our faith.
We were created to constantly remain the transformational agent in every scenario.
We are called to be the “salt of the earth” even when we are upset and bitter or caught up in our emotions.
How does this command manifest itself in our everyday lives?
Salt must be mixed with other substances to work. “Salt must be mingled with the substance to which it is added; it must penetrate and infuse in order to preserve. So it is through personal contact and association that men are reached by the saving power of the gospel. ” Ellen G. White. Thoughts From the Mount of Blessing, p. 36. We must show ourselves as friendly and mingle with others to make a lasting impact in their lives.
Salt preserves. Are we helping to improve a situation and keep decay from happening?
Salt is valuable. Are our actions, adding value to our relationships?
Salt purifies, softens and melts hard ice. Are our actions bringing out the best in others?
Salt heals. Do our words or actions heal others or prevent the toxicity in their lives from destroying them?
The command to be “salt of the earth” is a high one. Still, it is our main purpose for being. We are to enhance and give meaning to life, and the lives of others. This is why it is imperative that we ourselves be personally transformed from the inside out. For, if we have not been changed, we cannot bring out the “God flavors” of this earth or more realistically within our own every day engagements and interactions.
Unfortunately, if we run from our calling to be salt, we will lose our influence as followers of Christ and be “trampled on”.
“Salt that has lost its savor is like a fruitless tree. It occupies needed space, and it raises false hopes-causing both waste and disappointment. How may we, then, avoid becoming as savorless salt? From the beginning, peoples who have been set aside to be special representatives of God have had a problem keeping God at the center of their faith. And without His being at the center of our lives, we become the center of our own lives. And that is the sure way to unfaithfulness. We are utterly tasteless without the life of Christ flavoring our lives.” Anon.
This week, I am partnering with God to add a little flavour to my friendship circle, on my job, in my relationships, my neighbourhood and in my church. I challenge you to do the same.
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