When Jesus asked this question, He wasn’t talking about the level of sodium in His food or the amount of spices and condiments that He enjoyed. No, He was talking about life and the effect that it can have on people. Specifically, how we can start out full of dreams, hope, ideals and the desire to be all that God created us to be, and then somehow lose our way. He had been saying that WE are the salt of the earth. As people who are walking with Jesus, we have a specific function to fulfill in the Kingdom of God. There are people who NEED for us to be available to the Holy Spirit, so they can be reached and helped. We, of all people need to be full of the Holy Spirit and open to His leading and promptings. ONLY as we’re being sensitive to Him.
Here’s what Jesus was talking about: When He was talking about salt, He was talking about US and our impact on other people. He’s saying that WE are the seasoning and the preservative as Believers, our job is to protect other people from that which is “tasteless”, no good and fit to be thrown away.
The point He was making. You and I DO make an impact on each person who is involved with us. By our speaking, acting, responding and other behavior, we let them know what we REALLY believe and how we really feel. They pick up on our sense of values just by being around us.
We can’t CHANGE anybody else, but we DEFINITELY influence EVERYONE else we are involved with. The word, “influence” comes from the Anglo-Saxon word that means to “inflow” or flow into. So, when we speak, act and respond to other people, what we’re doing “inflows” (through their senses) and literally influences them, even if it’s only to a small degree.
Being the Salt. When other people sense that we value our relationship with our Savior, it makes an impact on them. When they discover that we want to please Him and maintain our relationship with Him, no matter what it makes an impact on them. When they find out that we’re not willing to please THEM if it means displeasing Jesus, they sit up and take notice.
When it’s obvious that we’re happy, at peace and content, people take note. When we are easy to get along with, compassionate and give other people the benefit of the doubt, people can tell that something good is going on inside of us. These are ways that illustrate being the salt of the earth.
When we’re being salty enough, the other people in our lives get thirsty. They realize that we’re drinking water from a different well than they are and they want to start drinking that living water.
You can lose your flavor. In the same way that you can, and do, influence other people by your lifestyle, other people can influence YOU. That’s why it’s important to NOT hang around with people who are a negative influence (a “bad inflowing”).
There really ARE some people who bring out the worst in you. People whom you end up saying things you would NEVER say on your own. People who seem to be able to push your buttons to get you to do things that you KNOW are wrong.
We can’t change other people, but we CAN change what we say to them and how much time we spend with them. Face it, if you don’t want to lose the victories that you’ve fought so hard to win, if you don’t want to lose that special walk with the Lord that you’ve worked so hard to develop, you’re going to have to DO something.
To keep our “flavor”, we need to change something. I know, believe me, I KNOW how hard it is to change. You have to get rid of your old excuse list. Stop blaming other people and circumstances.
If you want things to be different, you’ll have to do thing differently. Do things differently for the next 90 days. Commit your way to the Lord, and let Him direct your actions every day. Talk differently. Ask the Holy Spirit to guide your mouth.
Another message about the salt. Jesus was telling us something really profound when He talked about the salt. He was saying that what we become on the inside affects what happens to us on the outside. In this life and for eternity.
If the salt loses its flavor, inside change, it loses value and gets tossed out. It doesn’t get to be put in a shaker and set on the dining room table. Where salt ends up, either in the dining room, or put out on the road, melting snow, is determined by the actual makeup of the salt itself.
“Where you are and what you have at the present moment, you’ve attracted by the kind of person you’ve become.” That’s what Jesus is saying.
If you turn wholeheartedly to follow Jesus, things will change for you. You can’t change your past, but you CAN change what you believe, what you say and what you do. And, if you change, everything else will change for you. You don’t have to change the outside, just change the inside.
Work on your relationship with the Lord and your circumstances will change. If you don’t want to HAVE more, draw closer to Jesus and He’ll help you to BECOME more. If you want things to become easier, draw on His strength and many problems, ask God for wisdom, and He’ll give you the solutions you need.