Aug14SunAugust 14, 2016
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. Mt 5:13
You as a child of the Most High God, are being seasoned as you continually pursue Him. Through teaching, prayer, fellowship, and communion your life is being seasoned with salt – grace of God that not only transforms your life but makes you most effective in the transformation of others. If you lose your salt you are good for nothing in the Kingdom.
So what is salt and how do we lose it OR get it back once it’s lost? Salt is a preserver (protector, guard, guardian, savior, conserver) – protecting you from loss or harm. Salt is essential for human life (Wikipedia). For Jesus to use salt as a metaphor illustrates our purpose in life as His followers. We are the salt of the earth. An environmentalist would go to the extremes of “save mother earth”, but that is not what Jesus is talking about. The physical earth’s fate has already been determined and we are going to receive a new heaven and a new earth as a result of sin. Salt is the prudence and power of the Gospel. We lose it when we cease to proclaim the Gospel or deny its power of salvation in our lives. We may still claim to be Christians, but as Paul said, “Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away (II Tim 3:5), we alienate ourselves from the truth and become saltless.
Jesus pointedly said to the disciples, “Ye are the salt of the earth.” Most if not all of us consider ourselves Jesus’ disciples. As salt our assignment is the preservation of souls. The message of the Gospel (Christ died…was buried…rose again I Cor 15:1-4), is the potency of our efforts. Our effectiveness is measured by the quality and strength of our saltiness/message. The more seasoned we are (by exercise) with the Gospel the more effective we become. If we preach any other gospel or message we lose our strength. If we’ve lost it, we regain it by repenting and returning. It’s been the message since day 1. God had to look for Adam instead of Adam looking for Him. When God found them, He loved them and covered their transgression, but held them accountable for their actions.
The Power of the Holy Ghost is to confirm that message and prove that we are, in fact, Christ’s witnesses in the earth. The Holy Ghost is HERE, not to do our will, but to carry out the plans of God the Father and our Lord Jesus Christ. His responsibility is to EMPOWER us to be effective witnesses for Jesus wherever we go.
The potency of this Gospel is that it will keep us from stumbling or falling, preserve us from loss or harm, season us for effect in order to yield a great harvest of souls for Jesus. If we pull away from it we perish. To remain seasoned we must remain humble. To remain humble we must willingly submit to and obey the will of the message given by the Author – Jesus.