Salt is meant to be tasted. You don’t add salt to enhance food’s color – you add it to enhance the flavor! Eat a teaspoon of salt by itself and you might be through with salt, but add it to some soup and you will be a better cook without any extra work.
How something so small can be so powerful is simply amazing. Perhaps no better compliment on the power salt has ever been paid than when Jesus used it in His sermon on the mount. “You are the salt of the Earth; but if the salt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men.” (Matthew 5:13) It is part of a Christian’s “job detail” to be the spiritual salt in a spiritually dead world. The immediate context of Matthew 5:13 is in line with the beatitudes and the verses on the comparison of light and Christ-like influences, but the application of the text can go beyond the beatitudes to encompass the habits and lifestyle choices that we participate in. Remember, Jesus is urging us to be salt that can be tasted, not the salt that gets wasted. If we fail to be the salt that God can use to do His work then there is only one other option. Bad salt will be thrown out of the kitchen (God’s kingdom) and on to the ground. Once in the kitchen does not mean always in the kitchen if you catch what I am saying.
We can be useful salt by keeping the line between our old man and the new man created in Christ clear to our self and to others. When we understand what the right thing to do is, then we need to do it. If we refuse to do so, we can and will eventually loose our savor (James 4:17). Colossians 3:9 teaches that a Christian must put off the old man with his deeds. In other words, being a Christian must be more than just a flavor of the week – it must change the way we desire to live. If it is not pleasing to God then we should avoid it. If it makes God happy then we should pursue it. Being the salt of the Earth means that we must try to make Heaven our goal while doing our best to influence others to do the same by leaving the dead man dead and the pleasures of the world behind us (John 17:14-17 & Hebrews 11:25). John 8:31 says, “Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on Him, If you continue in My word, then are you My disciples indeed;” When God’s word guides, the old man will die; then we can be the salt that God can use (Colossians 3:1-17).
Not all salt is good salt; remember Lot’s wife? (Genesis 19:26 & Luke 17:32) The type of salt that God desires is the salt with an influence towards righteousness. It makes the food for the soul more desirous and easier to understand for others through the example of Christian living. As one person said – the only time some people may ever read the Bible is when they look at the life of a Christian. The weight of that little piece of truth is felt when we are the Christian that is being read. Paul said, “Walk in wisdom toward those who are outside, redeeming the time. Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer each one.” (Colossians 4:5,6) A little pinch of salt can make a big difference.
The final question for a Christian is not so much, “Are we worth our salt?” but rather it is, “Is being salt worth it to us?”