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Being Salty: An Overflow of Satisfaction in Him

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No one wants to stand out. We are all familiar with that feeling as a kid of sitting in a classroom, knowing you could get called on, and sliding further down into your seat to hopefully become less noticeable. This is our nature.

 

But this is not what God has planned for us as believers in Him. Just as Jesus radically stood out from the world around him, we are called to live radically different from the world around us.

Jesus made this clear in the Sermon on the Mount when he calls out an aspect of our mission as his followers in Matthew 5:13:

 

“You are the salt of the earth”

 

Notice the present tense of “you are,” this is not the simply an aspiration he wants us to strive for, but rather a part of the DNA of our lives, dictating how we live and breathe. But why salt? And how do we emulate this ordinary mineral?  Let’s start with what we know about salt:

 

Salt flavors:

Just as salt enhances flavor and releases the full pleasure of the taste of the food, as believers, we are called by Jesus to bring out the full joy of the world through the world. Salt has the great power to make or break a meal, just by its presence. Similarly, we are not to fly under the radar with our presence. Those around us should unmistakably see Jesus when they see us.

 

Salt preserves:

Before the invention of refrigeration, salt was crucial in the process of preserving food. Jesus calls us to be agents of preservation in a culture of raging sin, to maintain and perpetuate His holiness in a broken world. As ambassadors of Christ, we preserve the message of the Gospel and his righteousness through loving and serving this lost world just like Jesus did.

 

 Salt disinfects:

Used to heal wounds throughout the centuries, salt has been key in medicine to prevent infection from spreading in the body. To a world saturated in hopelessness, Jesus brought healing to brokenness, and in the same way, we are to reflect the overwhelming peace that comes with the hope of the Gospel. Our lives act as a healing agent to the hurt and brokenness of the world.

 

Salt creates thirst:

Who doesn’t long for a glass of water after consuming pure salt? After observing the believer’s life, the world should thirst for the love of Christ they see reflected through us. We should be the spark that creates an unquenchable desire to have closer relationship with Jesus.

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As Christ-followers, we should have the burning desire to be and do all of these things in the world around us.

 

But why is this so difficult for us? Jesus comments on the commonality of this occurrence in the second half of verse 13 with a warning to those who have lost their saltiness:

 

“but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for 

anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people’s feet.”

 

Those who have lost their saltiness, or those who have become entranced with the world, are no longer useful to the Kingdom.

 

Just before Jesus calls us to be the salt, he calls his people to rejoice in persecution and places blessing on those who will suffer for his name. An invitation to suffering, persecution, choosing joy in the midst of sorrow, this is an unappealing message to the unbelieving world.

 

But to us, as the believer that has been given abundant life, tremendous peace, overwhelming forgiveness and grace, these are merely steps to show the world the giver of these marvelous gifts.

 

Therefore, the only way we can fully reflect Christ as the salt of the earth is to come to a place of being fully satisfied in him as our everything. When we are living in full satisfaction, we are freed from the greed, fear, jealously, worry, and every temporary care of this world.

 

All that is left is to pour out our lives in Jesus’s love to point a broken, lost world to a gentle, loving Savior.

 

– Claire Frailey

Claire Frailey

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