Matthew 5:13 NKJV
“You are the salt of the earth, but if the salt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men.”
In Israel some salt was mixed with other ingredients. When the salt was exposed to (mixed with) these other things, the salt would loose its flavor over time. When this happened the salt was no longer good for (fit for) its intended purpose. It would be thrown out. Many times it was used for coating pathways. As Christians, we are to be the salt of the earth. Like salt, purity (not being mixed with anything) helps us to maintain our flavor. When mixed with the things of the world we loose our flavor and are no longer good for what we were intended for. According to the above verse, when we loose our flavor we are good for nothing. God is serious about our purity and commitment.
Luke 9:62 NKJV
“But Jesus said to him, ‘No one, having put his hand to the plow, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.”
Salt is a white substance used for seasoning and preserving. Pure salt maintains its flavor. We are to be a seasoning and a preservative for a lost world. There should be something in each one of us that God can use to season each other and to preserve the lost.
A seasoning is something that gives a better flavor (makes better). It is also something that gives interest or character. Salt gives liveliness (full of life and spirit, active, vigorous, exciting, bright, vivid, and cheerful). As the salt of the earth we should affect those around us in a positive way. We should stir up (provoke) good in others – good works and good behavior.
Hebrews 10:24-25 NKJV
“And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.”
Preserve is to keep from harm or change, to keep safe, to protect, to keep up, to maintain, keep from spoiling.
Psalm 36:6 NKJV
“Your righteousness is like the great mountains; Your judgments are a great deep; O Lord, You preserve man and beast.”
Psalm 121 NKJV
“I will lift up my eyes to the hills –
From whence comes my help?
My help comes from the Lord,
Who made heaven and earth.
He will not allow your foot to be moved;
He who keep you will not slumber.
Behold, He who keeps Israel
Shall neither slumber nor sleep.
The Lord is your keeper;
The Lord is your shade at your right hand.
The sun shall not strike you by day,
Nor the moon by night.
The Lord shall preserve you from all evil;
He shall preserve your soul.
The Lord shall preserve your going out and your coming in.
From this time forth, and even forevermore.”
As Christians we have been preserved from the things of this world (evil) and from the things to come (the wrath of God, tribulation, judgment).
Revelation 3:10 NKJV
‘Because you have kept My command to persevere, I also will keep you from the hour of trial which shall come upon the whole world, to test those who dwell on the earth.”
Should we not desire for others to be preserved also? It is our responsibility to let others know how they too can be saved. When we invest our lives in advancing the kingdom of God we will be rewarded.
Thank-you that I have been preserved from the evil things of this world and from the things to come. By the power of the Holy Spirit, help me to be the salt that You have called me to be. Help me to maintain purity and commitment. Don’t allow me to look back, but to continue to look forward.
May I affect those around me in a positive way and stir up good in others. Help me to invest my life in advancing Your kingdom.
In Jesus’ name, Amen