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Being the Salt of the Earth

Matthew 5:13-16 says, “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. You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”

God says we are the Salt of the Earth. What does it mean to be a salt? How can be a salt?

Combination

Chemically, Salt is the combination of Sodium and Chloride (NaCl). Just like that, John 15:5,6 says, “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned.”

God expects us to combine with him, not to act independently. When we depend on Him, he will act through us to fulfill His desires on the earth. Next to the above verse when read, it says, “If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples”. So, to bear fruit, just like Salt is the combination, we ought to be a combination of God and us.

Saltiness

When salt loses its saltiness, then it is of no use. Just like fruit of Salt is saltiness, fruit of a man is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control says Galatians 5:22. When we human doesn’t bear such fruit in our spirit, we are of no use other than being thrown out of God’s sight.

Usage

Salt indeed enhances flavor to the food that we cook. Just because it adds flavor, we do not pour too much quantity. We just use the smallest quantity as required for the food. We, should learn to speak less. God uses our mouth to share his words to the weary people. But when we talk too much about the self, we lose the time to speak the right words which God likes to convey.

Less amount of Salt added to the food has a greater impact on the flavor. Less words delivered from our mouth should have a greater positive impact on the people. For the kingdom of God is not a matter of talk but of power. (1 Corinthians 4:20)

Preserve

Salt in addition as a flavoring substance, also used to preserve the food from getting spoiled. Usually in Pickles, we add salt to increase the life of the food. Salt doesn’t itself does some great wonders to increase the life of the food. Rather, it prevents the growth of certain bacteria that is responsible for food spoiling.

God expects us to wear the full armor of God so that we can take our stand against the devil’s scheme. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. (Ephesians 6:11).

Always Watch and pray! Save yourself and others from getting into the hands of our enemy.

Thirst

It is also the nature of salt to create thirst when consumed bare. Cells in our body when saltifies due to consumption of excessive salt, required water to bring back to its normal state.

Psalmist says, “As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, my God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When can I go and meet with God?” (Psalm 42:1,2). Our thirst should be for the Living God and proclaiming his words to the people of the world who are in dark and haven’t seen the Light of God yet.

“All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (Matthew 28:18-20)

Let’s be the salt of this earth! Pray this short prayer:

“Oh my Heavenly Father! All my praises on this beautiful day for you. Lord, I love to be a salt of this earth. Guide and shape me according to your will and wish. I surrender myself in your hands. Help me to depend on you, bear the fruit in the spirit, control my words, watch and pray and give me the thirst on you and your words. Finally Lord, help me to proclaim your words to the people of this world. Amen!”

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