13 “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot. – Matthew 5:13
(this is not a comprehensive exegesis on the properties of salt)
Last week, we did a laboratory experiment on basic tastes. Almost all of the students in both of my classes successfully identified salt in a 0.1% solution – that’s 1 part salt per 999 parts water. So, when our Lord Jesus mentioned that we should be the salt of the earth, he was actually telling us to be people who can make a difference; a radical minority who can make a perceptible change across society.
Even one believer can make an impact in the lives of a thousand people, and cause them to be like him/her; just as he/she is like Christ. When you put salt in water, the salt will not taste like water; the water will taste like salt.
Actually, the Lord Jesus may have been talking to Jews at this time. The “salt losing its saltiness” may be a reference to how the Jews in Jesus’ time were not doing their job anymore as God’s people – they were unable to make the other nations around them follow the LORD their God. So this passage is not referring to a Christian losing his/her salvation.
So, the point of this passage is:
1.) God has ordained us to be agents of change in society
2.) God has also given us what is needed to effect that change
3.) We have no excuse to not do our job
How are you making an impact in your area today?