I hope that Habakkuk 3:2 (last week’s Memory verse) really encouraged you to start praying for God to do BIG things and renew His fame in our time. Did anyone have any big God moments this week? I’d love to hear about them! This week, we’re back in the New Testament with a verse from the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew:
“‘You are the salt of the earth. But if 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.'” -Matthew 5:13 (NIV)
Jesus is speaking in this verse, and He is referring to Christians as the salt of the earth. I am sure many of you have heard this reference before, but what does it mean? In Jesus’s time, there were two main purposes for salt: to preserve and to make foods taste better.
Let’s talk about the first use of salt to begin with. As Christians, we are to preserve the teachings of Christ. We are to preserve His Word and His truths. In today’s society, that can be a challenge because there are so many things happening that are doing the complete opposite of preserving the truths of Christianity. Practically, how can you preserve God’s teachings, His truths, and His Words? Stand up for what you believe in. Don’t compromise the teachings of Christ. Issues like abortion, gay marriage, religion in schools, etc. are huge in today’s society. Line your beliefs with the truth of God’s Word and stand firm in those. Stand for Christ. It may be hard, but your eternal reward will be greater than any earthly problems you might face.
Next, salt gives food flavor and makes it taste better (I am getting hungry as I write this…). Therefore, as a Christian, you should make the world “taste” better. Christians should be a positive, Godly influence in everything that we do. This means in your work, your circle of friends, your family, your church, etc. that people should notice something different in you. People should notice Christ in you. In order to make the world “taste” better, Christians should love those who are hard to love, Christians should show grace to those who are hard to show grace to, and Christians should forgive those who are hard to forgive. This is what Christ did for us. So, let’s be salt and make this world a better place!
This verse also mentions those who have lost their saltiness. Maybe you’re not standing up for God’s Word as you should or maybe you’re making things “taste” worse instead of better? This verse says that things that are no longer salty are no longer useful. Good news is that Christ is right there waiting for you to come back to Him and regain your saltiness! Get back in the Word, spend time in prayer, get involved in a local Bible believing Church, start serving, and surround yourself with Christian friends. I will admit, there are times in my life where I am not as salty as I should be, so I am speaking to myself here! So, let’s be salty together. As a Christian, we have the Holy Spirit in us, so let’s preserve God’s Word and His teachings, and let’s make the world “taste” better!