Are We Really Worth Our Salt?
How “Salty” Are We?
The World Cannot Survive Without Salt! **
“Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.” (Colossians 4:6, NIV)
If it is as James asserts that words are as powerful as a raging fire, able to both warm the heart or burn it to a crisp, then it should be important to examine their source. (James 3:5-9) Contrary to popular belief, words are not just random utterances often thoughtlessly spoken! Words are the fruit of the Holy Spirit. Further, our words provide a true measure of our spiritual life and reveal to others the presence of the Holy Spirit dwelling within us. Consequently, our conversations will be full of grace if we are full of grace and therefore we are able to speak with the flavor of salt as we have been seasoned with His salt.
** An old Jewish Maxim
Further our Lord said, “You are the salt of the world. 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 by men.” (Matthew 5:13, NIV) Our speech and how we treat others are important indicators of the degree of our “saltiness. Our words should reflect our love for others – not to just our friends but to everyone regardless of their station in life! We show this love by using words that edify and encourage others and are not used for put-downs. They should be sincere and reflect His presence within us.
The Jewish maxim, “The world cannot survive without salt” is a vivid reminder of the importance of salt in the ancient world as it was used it preserved food from spoiling. Jesus’ call to be salt is a challenge for His followers to be a preserving influence in a decaying world. If believers make little or no effort to affect the world around them, we become of little value to our Lord. We should not blend in with everyone else; instead, just as seasoning brings out the best flavor in food, we should affect others in positive ways.