“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
Christians are the salt of the earth, and Christ calls us to live salty lives so that we can make a difference in the world. However, some Christians are like salt that’s lost its savor: good for nothing but to be thrown out and walked on.
Salt is necessary for life. Table salt is actually sodium-chloride, which is often used in chemistry classes. You can get hydrogen by dropping sodium into water, and you can get poisonous gas from chloride. These are two dangerous elements by themselves. But God, in His chemistry, has put them together to make something necessary for life. In the same way, God took the deadly part of us and through the chemistry of the cross, made something new and alive. Like salt, we used to be something deadly, but now we’re to be the salt of the earth!
In Jesus’ day, salt was as valuable as gold - a rare delicacy and often used as a medium of exchange. We still say a hardworking man is “worth his salt.”
Salt causes flavor to come alive. Salt seasons food and makes it palatable.
Colossians 4:6 tells us to make sure our speech is always “seasoned with salt.” Every Christian’s life ought to be exciting. There ought to be a zest to our lives, a flavor about the children of God.
Salt also prevents decay and restrains corruption. If there was ever a day when we need the preserving power of the Gospel salt, it is in this day of deadly decay.
Salt not only preserves but has an antiseptic property to it. It aids in the healing process. Salt heals and can cure addictions, mend broken hearts, and change lives. The Gospel is an antiseptic, taking away pain and bringing new life.
But if you’ve ever spilled salt onto a cut, you know how it burns like fire. The truth of God’s Word, when it is rubbed into this decaying world, stings. If you speak God’s truth in this world, it is going to irritate some people.
If there was ever a time that needed salt, it is now. We desperately need some salty saints of God. It’s time for Christians to start shaking their salt into our society. We are now being judged. God will not wait forever to discipline us. He is our only hope, but He is also our biggest threat.
God raised up men like Martin Luther and John Calvin to bring about the Protestant Reformation ─ one of the greatest revivals in history. God can do it again! It’s not too late. Sure, there is sin, but where sin abounded, grace did much more abound (Romans 5:20).
God is looking for some salty saints to spread His grace.
- What was salt used for in Bible times?
- How is salt a preservative?
- In what ways is the Gospel a preservative?
- What does that suggest for our lives?
- How do you use salt as a flavoring?
- In what ways does the truth of Christ add flavor to your life?
- Where do you see a need for God’s savor in our world?
- How is salt an ingredient in healing?
- What is the implication for our lives?
- How did God heal you when you first met Him?
- What parts of your life have significantly changed since you met the Lord?
- How is salt an irritant?
- What ways do you see the truth of God irritating our world?
- How do you see people in our world getting irritated about the Lord?
- What does Christ say happens to the Christian who loses his saltiness?
- In your own words, how can a Christian lose his saltiness?
- What makes your life salty?
- Do you believe God can bring revival? In your own words, what would revival be like?
- What do you think must happen for revival to take place?
- What one lesson can you take from this study and apply to your own life?
Take a few minutes and look up one of the great revivals in history on the web. What occurred to foster revival in the people? What did God do in the revival? What did His servants do?
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