Scripture Reading: Genesis 9:18-11:9 / Matthew 4:23-5:20 / Psalm 4:1-8
Salt is an amazing compound that affects everything that it touches. Taste buds perk up as we eat salted French Fries but our body revolts when we get a mouthful of salty ocean water. Salt is scattered over winter sidewalks in order to cut through and melt the ice. Salt brings out the flavor of our food and also acts as a preservative for our food. Salt was an important commodity in the ancient world and God even required salt to be sprinkled over offerings and used it to establish covenants. Salt represents faithfulness, dependability and durability. Jesus understood the spiritual analogy of salt and told His disciples, “You are the salt of the earth.” (Matthew 5:13)
Jesus describes His followers as the salt of the earth… disciples who make a significant difference in the world. We can impact the world because our lives have been impacted by Christ’s power, grace and love. Christ empowers and entrusts us to take His message to the world. As it has been said, “Your life may be the only Bible this world will ever read.”
Salt can chemically weaken and lose its effectiveness. Jesus says when that happens, “It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled by men.” (5:13) When our relationship with Christ becomes complacent or lukewarm, our lives will not reflect Christ but become a detriment to the Kingdom of God. We must be the salt of the earth and this acrostic can help us keep our savor - SALT.
S – Speak Correctly. Our words have a great impact on others and can either be a blessing or a curse. “Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt…” (Col. 4:6) Our words are to be governed by kindness, encouragement, comfort, hope and life. Our words are to be different than the world’s…uplifiting not back biting, kind not cutting, forgiving not resentful.
A – Act Correctly. It is imperative that our lives be governed by a Christlike attitude and manner at all times. We are constantly under the microscope of the world and need to display peace, patience and the joy of The Lord at all times. The world takes notice when our character and conduct are above reproach and reflect Christ.
L – Live Correctly. When we live our lives according to God’s Word, we will look, sound and be different than the world. Our convictions and standards will not be swayed by compromise or cultural opinion. People will see Christ at the center of our lives as our lifestyle reflects Him.
T – Think Corerctly. A very important part of our witness is our thinking process. If we don’t think right, we won’t live right, act right or speak right. Our faith determines how and what we think. We are to be faith believing, speaking, acting and living disciples. We are called to be Christ’s witness in this world. He has given us everything we need to be… the SALT of the earth.