There is just something about salt! This multi-purpose commodity comes in various forms, types and colors. When used in the correct proportions, the kind used in meal preparation is usually for taste/flavor enhancement. True, food prepared without it can be quite satisfying to the palette but too much spoils the taste. Overtime, ingesting too much contributes to ill health. So what did Jesus mean when he said to the disciples, “For everyone will be salted with fire. Salt is good but if the salt should lose its flavor, how can you make it salty? ” Certainly Jesus meant no harm towards them.
“Salted” Christians are matured in their faith and should therefore display exemplary lives earning the respect of ‘others’. Non- Christians should be eager to emulate us. “Salted” Christians should live peacefully and harmoniously with each other; have unwavering faith and be kind and caring. Those on the outside should be able to readily say “they are different” in a “good ‘way. When asked, we should proudly proclaim, “Yes we are disciples of Christ!” not denying our Savior. “By our deeds they should know we are Christians.”
As “salted” followers of Christ, we are commissioned to be preserved and flavored with God’s grace and mercy; to be sanctified and armed with the word of God serving as ambassadors for Christ. The tenets of goodness and upright living should exude from our pores.
When Jesus said, “Have salt among yourselves,” it was a charge to stand out in the crowd; to show love to our brothers and sisters and not be judgmental; to be in this world yet not of the world.
Let us therefore remain flavored in our Christian faith; be salted and preserved with the word of God and be at peace with each other.