Salt has a variety of functions. It seasons, flavors, preserves and purifies to name a few. These little, tiny granules of salt all individually work together to make a definitive change for one of the many purposes mentioned above.
A Christian is “an adherent of Christ; one committed to Christ; a follower of Christ.” (Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary). To adhere to something means “to hold fast or stick by or as if by gluing, suction, grasping, or fusing”, “To give support or maintain loyalty”, and “to bind oneself to observance” (Merriam-webster.com).
A Disciple is also defined as a “Follower of Christ”, and a “learner” or “pupil”.
As we put all this together, we see that at the very moment we accept and receive Salvation, we become a Christian and a Disciple of Christ. We immediately become one who follows Christ, is committed to Christ, is loyal to Christ and one who commits themselves to learning the ways of Christ to effectively be “the salt of the earth” (Matthew 5:13).
And as the salt...
We are to season and flavor the world around us and make it better by sharing the love of Jesus.
“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” (John 13:34-35)
“Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person.” (Colossians 4:6)
And he said to them, “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation.” (Mark 16:15)
We are to preserve and protect the truth of God’s Word. In a world that is conforming away from the Word of God, we must strive to maintain it in our hearts in the perfect state that God gave it to us.
His Word is Inspired (Breathed by God), Immutable (unchanging because God never changes), Inerrant (free from error because God does not make mistakes), Infallible (Incapable of being wrong, because God is perfect), and Sufficient (All that we need, because God is all that we need).
“All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.” (2 Timothy 3:16-17)
“The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God will stand forever.” (Isaiah 40:8)
Every word of God proves true; he is a shield to those who take refuge in him. Do not add to his words, lest he rebuke you and you be found a liar.” (Proverbs 30:5-6)
We are to join with others for the mission of reaching the lost.
Yes, one grain of salt is still salty, but when a tablespoon is combined and then added, its effectiveness is increased. It’s stronger, bolder, and easily recognizable. Therefore, we are to link arms with our brothers and sisters in Christ to become one big salty (LOL) body that works together for our purpose as Christians.
“For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ.” (1 Corinthians 12:12)
“And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, 25 not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.” (Hebrews 10:24-25)
Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17)
we are the salt of the earth. But not because of anything that we have done or will ever be able to do on our own. We are the salt because we have accepted Christ as our Savior and surrendered our lives to Him in obedience. And only because of His power working in us, can we be the salt to a world that desperately needs to hear the Eternal truths of a Holy God.
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