“You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people’s feet” (Matt. 5:13 ESV)

The “Sermon on the Mount” is familiar to many of us.  Jesus is speaking to His disciples in regard to how they should act as His disciples.  Here, He speaks of salt.  Salt is a unique seasoning.  It has a flavor of it’s own, but it is best when it is used to enhance or bring out the good flavor in other foods.  If it doesn’t have it’s unique salty flavor, it cannot influence anything.

As Christians, our influence on the world, Jesus says, should be like salt, bringing out the goodness in all people.  If we lose that influence, we are worthless, good for nothing but to be walked on.

Sometimes it can be hard to spot the Christian among the crowd.  Often, our lives do not look much different from the lives of those around us.  This is not how Jesus meant His disciples to live.  We are supposed to live so radically different that we can’t help but influence others.  When others see the salt or goodness in us, they should want that same salt or goodness in themselves.  This is our mission.

Lord, Please help me to keep my life pure so that all can see the difference and know You.  Let my influence always lead people to want more of You.


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