Lessons from Jesus

Salting the Earth

Matthew 513You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people’s feet.

Salt has an influence and an effect on everything it touches: It holds back decay; it stings an open wound but can help it heal quicker; it creates thirst. We have an influence on everyone we meet – sometimes for the better and sometimes for worse. You cannot go through life without affecting those you come into contact with. Through this verse, Jesus is telling His followers of their purpose and value in this world.

Jesus came as the hope to a dying and decaying world and He has passed the mantle on to those who love and serve Him. We are salt in the midst of decay, a salve to the wounded soul and a means of creating a spiritual thirst in all those we meet.

We can only achieve this, however, if we retain our saltiness. Salt will always be salt but it has the potential to lose its effectiveness. Don’t let outside influences contaminate your purpose. There should be a clear difference in attitude and behaviour between us ‘the Church’ and the world. The world should not be changing us, we should be changing the world.

You have value, you have worth, you have purpose. Don’t let what God has created within you get trampled under conformity. Stand strong in the Lord and be a positive influence for the Kingdom of God.

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