Salt Of The Earth

13 “You are the salt of the earth. But what good is salt if it has lost its flavor? Can you make it salty again? It will be thrown out and trampled underfoot as worthless.
Matthew 5:13 (NLT)

Jesus calls us the salt of the earth. Salt is supposed to be salty. What happens when salt loses its saltiness? In Jesus days, their salt was not as pure as what we have today. Salt in those days consisted of many impurities. Therefore even when the actual salt is gone, you can still see some grains in it but those grains have no salt in it anymore. Those remains cannot be used as salt anymore and has to be thrown away.

The main function of salt in every civilization is to preserve food. It was very important in days before the invention of refrigeration. Salt prevents decay. When Jesus calls us the salt of the earth, he is expecting us to behave like one. We, Christians have a function in preserving the world around us as long as we are around. What does this means and how are we supposed to do that? This is the topic in this article.

I don’t think I need to remind anyone of you that the world we are living in is in a mess. We had a great economic boom not too long ago but suddenly everything is down again. Those seemingly invincible global financial institutions are collapsing one by one and need their respective governments to bail them out using tax payer’s money. They have dragged the whole world down with them. We are supposed to be in the worst recession since 1929.

On the health front, we have new diseases appearing. Recently we have poor businessmen trying to get rich by adding melanin into their dairy products. Even terrorism is still at large.

The news tells us that the future is doom and gloom.

So, what is going to happen from now on? Is there any more hope for the future? The answer is yes, as long as the salt of the earth is still salty. That is us. Our role as Christians in this world is not limited to gaining prosperity for ourselves. If God is only interested in us Christians getting rich, he would have sent us directly to heaven because there are more riches there. God also expects us to represent him on earth to preserve this world in order to give the people more time to turn to Jesus and be saved.

What are we supposed to do to preserve this world? We are to be like salt. Salt kills the germs in food. The salt itself does not have germs in it. Likewise, for us Christians. We may be in the world but we are not of the world. We have the blessings of God in us. He who is in us is greater than he who is in this world. Just because we are physically living in an economic recession, it does not mean we have to take in the recession into us and let it affect our minds, causing us to lose hopes. The same goes to any bad situation we are in. We have the power to keep the bad situation from entering our minds. We choose to think positive even in the negative environment. Like salt, we do not allow germs to grow inside us.

We guard our hearts and minds against the intrusion of negative thoughts. We commit ourselves to think positive. We think thoughts of prosperity in the midst of recession, thoughts of health in the middle of a plague and thoughts of success in the pit of failure. No matter what bad things that are happening right now, they will never get into our hearts and minds because we are salt.

Salt does not only prevent germs from growing inside it. It also has the ability to kill the germs outside it. When you put salt on meat, the salt will kill the germs on the meat, thus preventing the meat from decaying. So, as the salt of the earth, it is also our role to prevent or slow down the decay of this world. How are we going to do that?

First, we can pray. Prayers work when they are prayed with faith. We need to build up our faith and pray against all the negative events that are causing people around the world to suffer poverty, sickness and all forms of hopeless. So, when you pray, don’t just limit your prayers to yourself and your immediate family. Take some time to pray for rest the world.

Next, we need to fill in the gap and provide what is lacking. Let me give you an example. Currently we are in a global recession. Companies are laying off their employees. There are lesser job opportunities for the people. What can we as the salt of the earth do to help them? They need jobs with stable income. So, let us provide them with jobs with stable income.

If you happen to be a rich Christian with a strong business base, this should not be a problem to you. However, Christians who are poor or not rich enough are not able to do that. Does this means Matthew 5:13 is not for those us who are not rich? The answer is no. Whe13 “You are the salt of the earth. But what good is salt if it has lost its flavor? Can you make it salty again? It will be thrown out and trampled underfoot as worthless.
Matthew 5:13 (NLT)

Jesus calls us the salt of the earth. Salt is supposed to be salty. What happens when salt loses its saltiness? In Jesus days, their salt was not as pure as what we have today. Salt in those days consisted of many impurities. Therefore even when the actual salt is gone, you can still see some grains in it but those grains have no salt in it anymore. Those remains cannot be used as salt anymore and has to be thrown away.

The main function of salt in every civilization is to preserve food. It was very important in days before the invention of refrigeration. Salt prevents decay. When Jesus calls us the salt of the earth, he is expecting us to behave like one. We, Christians have a function in preserving the world around us as long as we are around. What does this means and how are we supposed to do that? This is the topic in this article.

I don’t think I need to remind anyone of you that the world we are living in is in a mess. We had a great economic boom not too long ago but suddenly everything is down again. Those seemingly invincible global financial institutions are collapsing one by one and need their respective governments to bail them out using tax payer’s money. They have dragged the whole world down with them. We are supposed to be in the worst recession since 1929.

On the health front, we have new diseases appearing. Recently we have poor businessmen trying to get rich by adding melanin into their dairy products. Even terrorism is still at large.

The news tells us that the future is doom and gloom.

So, what is going to happen from now on? Is there any more hope for the future? The answer is yes, as long as the salt of the earth is still salty. That is us. Our role as Christians in this world is not limited to gaining prosperity for ourselves. If God is only interested in us Christians getting rich, he would have sent us directly to heaven because there are more riches there. God also expects us to represent him on earth to preserve this world in order to give the people more time to turn to Jesus and be saved.

What are we supposed to do to preserve this world? We are to be like salt. Salt kills the germs in food. The salt itself does not have germs in it. Likewise, for us Christians. We may be in the world but we are not of the world. We have the blessings of God in us. He who is in us is greater than he who is in this world. Just because we are physically living in an economic recession, it does not mean we have to take in the recession into us and let it affect our minds, causing us to lose hopes. The same goes to any bad situation we are in. We have the power to keep the bad situation from entering our minds. We choose to think positive even in the negative environment. Like salt, we do not allow germs to grow inside us.

We guard our hearts and minds against the intrusion of negative thoughts. We commit ourselves to think positive. We think thoughts of prosperity in the midst of recession, thoughts of health in the middle of a plague and thoughts of success in the pit of failure. No matter what bad things that are happening right now, they will never get into our hearts and minds because we are salt.

Salt does not only prevent germs from growing inside it. It also has the ability to kill the germs outside it. When you put salt on meat, the salt will kill the germs on the meat, thus preventing the meat from decaying. So, as the salt of the earth, it is also our role to prevent or slow down the decay of this world. How are we going to do that?

First, we can pray. Prayers work when they are prayed with faith. We need to build up our faith and pray against all the negative events that are causing people around the world to suffer poverty, sickness and all forms of hopeless. So, when you pray, don’t just limit your prayers to yourself and your immediate family. Take some time to pray for rest the world.

Next, we need to fill in the gap and provide what is lacking. Let me give you an example. Currently we are in a global recession. Companies are laying off their employees. There are lesser job opportunities for the people. What can we as the salt of the earth do to help them? They need jobs with stable income. So, let us provide them with jobs with stable income.

If you happen to be a rich Christian with a strong business base, this should not be a problem to you. However, Christians who are poor or not rich enough are not able to do that. Does this means Matthew 5:13 is not for those us who are not rich? The answer is no. When Jesus said the word “you”, he was referring to believers, which must include all Christians, both rich and poor?

The question remains. How are poor Christians supposed to provide jobs for others? The answer is, poor Christians must be poor no more. If you are a poor Christian, it is time to give up your poverty and receive the prosperity God wants you to have. There is no other way out. Getting rich is not an option for Christians who choose to obey God. It is our responsibility to get rich so that we can be the salt of the earth.

It is only through our riches that we can function like salt. We need to provide whatever needed to slow down the decay of this world.
 If people are out of jobs, we provide jobs.
 If people are starving, we provide food.
 If people are homeless, we provide shelters.
 If people are sick, we provide health.

In short, as the salt of the earth, we provide what is lacking in this world.

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