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Imagine your doctor advises you to avoid Salt. What is the best substitute you can find? (there are sweeteners for sugar and Pepper for chilly) Nothing right? There’s no substitute for Salt.
This is why Jesus said that we are the Salt of the earth. You cannot be replaced. Since the ancient days Salt had three major applications. It was used as a flavor, as a preserver and as a fertilizer as well. In other words to make things better. God have put us on the earth to make it a better place. So today’s study is about being Salt and the light. Let us see.
‘Ye are the Salt of the earth: but if the Salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be Salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men…’ Matthew 5:13-16 (KJV)
Christians should be prudent
Colossians 4:6. Reads ‘Let your speech be always with grace, seasoned with Salt…’
The Greek word used here for Salt is ‘halas’ (hal’-as) which gives the meaning ‘prudence’. Do you get the point? When Jesus said we are the Salt of the earth he meant that we should be people of prudence.
We can always choose to be imprudent
Jesus is asking an interesting question.
‘but if the Salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be Salted?’
There’s no way Salt can loose it’s savour. ‘Sodium chloride’ is a stable compound. But Salt in Jesus’ time was extracted from Salt marshes rather than by evaporation of Salt water, and thus contained many impurities which diluted the taste. Such Salt was thrown out to the road where it was trampled by hundreds of pedestrians.
If we loose our prudency as Christians we are also good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled by everyone. Remember we are living among less than perfect people. Therefore we always face the temptation of compromising which dilutes our influence as Christians upon giving in to the world. Never compromise with the world.
There’s one more thing about salt. Salt becomes useful only when it’s mixed with the curry. Like wise we become useful only when we flavor the world with the love of Christ.
Our actions determine our degree of prudency.
Jesus said we are the light of the earth, and then added into it,
‘a city on a hill cannot be hidden’.
Ancient towns were often built of white limestone. They gleamed in the Sun during day time and at night the inhabitants’ oil lamps would shed glow over the surrounding area. The Christian is like a city on top of a hill. He stands out because he is a follower of Christ. The moment he acts contrary to his beliefs, his imprudent character is exposed.
We have a role to play
Jesus said no one lights a candle and keeps it under a bushel. He is speaking about Christians who isolate themselves from the community and pause as super saints. 2 common reasons why some Christians walk away from people of other beliefs.
Some like to mind their own business. They are not interested in developing a friendship with an unbeliever.
2. Wrong attitude
I know a young Christian lady who condemns unbelieving coworkers. Such people are known as religious extremists only. Unbelievers never want to come to Christ when they see something different than what is being preached. Jesus never condemned sinners. Rather he identified himself with sinners (yet without sin). This is why multitudes followed Him.
Let us be the light and salt of the world
Let our actions speak louder than our words.