(Mat 5:13) Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.
In this verse, Jesus informs his disciples that we are the salt of the earth. So far, we have looked at the PRIORITY and PROMINENCE of the statement. Today, we will finish our study by looking at:
THE PERFORMANCE OF THE STATEMENT
I want to look at the three different ways that salt works.
First, we note that Salt Saves. Salt is a preservative. When Jesus told his disciples that they were the salt of the earth, He was telling them that they were preserving the world from ultimate deterioration.
We are to be the salt of the earth. Dr. Raymond Barber said in relation to this text, “Isn’t it high time we start being what we have become?” Are you preserving a godly environment around you, or are you adding to its sinfulness and faithlessness?
Secondly, we know that Salt Salves. Salt is often used as a healing agent for the following:
Sore throats, toothaches, postnasal drip, bee stings, mosquito bites, painful gums, poison ivy, and poison oak - http://health.howstuffworks.com/wellness/beauty-hygiene/uses-for-salt-medical-treatments-ga.htm
We live in a sin-sick world that is hurting, and we must be the salt that God has prescribed. As the salt of the earth, we can and we must serve God under any and all circumstances.
Finally, we that Salt Seasons. Again, salt only makes a difference if it is poured out of the shaker and onto your food. Here is a spiritual checklist to see if your have lost your savor or not:
1. Supplication - 1 Thessalonians 5:17 Pray without ceasing.
2. Study - 2 Timothy 2:15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
3. Showing up to church - Hebrews 10:25 Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.
4. Stewardship - Malachi 3:8-10 Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings. (9) Ye are cursed with a curse: for ye have robbed me, even this whole nation. (10) Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.
5. Soul-winning - Acts 1:8 But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.
Based on the statement of Jesus, we can and should ask ourselves a very simple question:
- Are we the salt of the earth? – living and testifying for Jesus Christ.
- Or are we good for nothing?