Read Matthew 5:13
Read Luke 14:34-35
No, God doesn’t call you to be annoyed or angry, as the slang for “salty” indicates. Rather, He calls you to be like the tiny flavor crystals that enhance taste and make food wonderful.
What’s the first thing you do when you bite into a meal and think, “This is kind of bland”? If you’re anything like me, your first instinct is to reach for the saltshaker. While our palates all prefer varying levels of seasoning, we can universally acknowledge that salt has flavorful properties that allow it to enliven even the most boring dishes.
So why did Jesus call His disciples “the salt of the Earth” (Matthew 5:13) during His Sermon on the Mount?
In the same way salt can bring life to food, we as Christ followers are called to enliven the world. Without Jesus’ truth, earthly life has no purpose. By spreading the good news of Jesus’ death and resurrection, we bring excitement and flavor into what is otherwise a bland, meaningless existence.
However, Jesus warned against becoming bland ourselves: “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.”
Yikes. Seems a bit harsh, no?
Jesus isn’t saying here that Christians who aren’t creating new disciples will be tossed aside or excluded from Heaven. He still loves them, and their assurance in Heaven remains as long as they believe in His promise.
But in order to be useful members of the Kingdom, we are called to continually disciple and spread the good news. If we don’t, we’re not contributing and lose our value.
Consider this scenario: you take a bite of your food and find it bland. You shake on some salt, but the flavor of the meal doesn’t change. You’d be really frustrated and would likely throw that salt in the trash.
God’s not going to throw you away, but He wants you to live up to your potential. We should feel compelled by His love to spread His good news to as many as we can! Take a look at your life: how salty are you? Who in your life could use a little salt?