Have you ever tasted food without salt? It’s not that it doesn’t taste good. But salt does augment the flavor. Try a piece of fruit with the tiniest bit of salt. It tastes wonderful. If you add too much salt it ruins the taste. As Christ followers, that’s what we should be, salt. We should be living in a way that brings the seasoning and wonderful taste of Jesus. With salt comes thirst too. We should cause a thirst in others for relationship with Jesus and a longing to know the Truth.
“You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled by men. You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden.” Matthew 5:12-14
I heard Greg Laurie say it like this, “As salt, we live it. As light we proclaim it.” Like a light house that sends forth it’s light over the ocean and can be seen for miles, we send forth the gospel of Christ by proclaiming it wherever we go. Greg also said, “We are to preach the gospel, and when necessary use words.” (I think someone else actually said that before he did). So proclaiming doesn’t always even have to be with our mouths, but the two certainly go together. Sending forth the message is done in the way we live AND in the words we speak. We must be cautious not to do one without the other. If we are going to live it, we need to take it a step further and share what we’re living. If we are going to be proclaiming it and preaching it, let’s be cautious to “practice what we preach,” so others won’t be led to stumble. Let us pray that God would by His Spirit sanctify and change us through and through. ” May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.” 1 Thessalonians 5:23 We of course can’t do right and be “good” on our own, but it’s by the power of God in the person of the Holy Spirit.
So I encourage you (and myself) to be salt that provides the seasoning of Christ into others lives and that stimulates a thirst in people for more. The thirst for the Truth will spawn life change and healing in others that can only be satisfied by the Living Water, Jesus Christ. Let’s live in a way that causes others to thirst for what He alone can give.