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Text Box: Influence and Impact Like Salt!



Text Box: (Matthew 5:13 NIV)  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.
(2 Corinthians 10:4-5 NIV)  The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.
(Mark 9:50 NIV)  Salt is good, but if it loses its saltiness, how can you make it salty again? Have salt in yourselves, and be at peace with each other.
(Romans 12:19-21 NIV)  Do not take revenge, my friends, but leave room for God's wrath, for it is written: "It is mine to avenge; I will repay," says the Lord. On the contrary: "If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head." Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
(Luke 14:34-35 GWT)  Salt is good. But if salt loses its taste, how will you restore its flavor?  It's not any good for the ground or for the manure pile. People throw it away. Let the person who has ears listen!

Text Box: After addressing the crowd and giving them the Steps to Freedom (The Beatitudes), Jesus now explains to them the properties they possess in relation to the rest of the world.  Salt and light have very clearly-understood properties seen by the impact and influence they have when used by anybody.
Salt enhances flavor (has impact), preserves by restraining decay, increases the oxidation (rusting) of metals and the electrical conductivity of liquids, raises the boiling point and lowers the freezing point of water, and has many other influences.
Similarly, citizens of God’s Kingdom possess properties that are able to drastically impact the world by enhancing life, and influence the world by preserving truth and restraining evil.
“How can a few people affect such a large place as the world? By working as silently as salt does, with the gospel of Christ! Just as a pinch of salt disperses its taste throughout food, so the teaching of the gospel disperses far and wide, penetrating and reaching the hearts of men (Acts 2:37). The salt of the gospel cleanses the soul and preserves it from spiritual decomposition. It is an everlasting covenant between God and true believers.” – Robert Carr, The Armor of God
In order for salt to be effective, it must be in direct contact with whatever it is influencing.  Salt does no good for your food if it remains in its container!  Neither can it be used for preserving unless it is applied.  Those who are the Salt of the Earth know what exposure, endurance, perseverance, persecution, and suffering are all about.  They know what they can be for others as ministers of Jesus.
(2 Timothy 3:10-12 NIV)  You, however, know all about my teaching, my way of life, my purpose, faith, patience, love, endurance, persecutions, sufferings--what kinds of things happened to me in Antioch, Iconium and Lystra, the persecutions I endured. Yet the Lord rescued me from all of them. In fact, everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted.
(Philippians 4:11b-13 NIV)  … for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do everything through him who gives me strength.
Be what God has made you--the Salt of the Earth!!!

In His Footsteps © 1998                                                    




Text Box: Influence and Impact Like Salt!




Being the Salt of the Earth is about being a sanctifying, cleansing and preserving influence of godliness.  Christians are the only hope for a lost and dying world.  As the Salt of the Earth we are called to fulfill the characteristics of salt so people will take notice of our relationship with God and each other and believe and know there is a God. Read Colossians 4:3-6. What is Paul’s concern in asking for prayers?   What is his encouragement to the Colossian church in verses 5 and 6?  How are you making the most of your present opportunities at your job, school, etc?  Are you being wise in how you act toward your co-workers?  How is your speech with your co-workers and family members?  What do you talk about with them? Insipid, corrupt, or obscene speech does not edify.  It insults, creates discord and opposes peace. Is your speech salty or bitter? Is your conversation full of the grace of the Gospel?  Read Ephesians 4:22-5:4.  Here are several examples and practical applications of what it means to be the Salt of the Earth. Does your lifestyle reflect the saltiness Jesus speaks of, or does it reflect the corruption of the world? Do people see something different in you than what they see in others?  How are you causing people to change their thinking and their actions at your job, school, home, etc?



Salt enhances flavor.  We, being the Salt of the Earth, enhance life.  Our discipleship and relationship with Jesus brings out the best in each other.  We flavor our lives because the Gospel has brought out the best in us—Beatitudes.  Our faithful living makes worldly living seem lifeless, dry and bland—because it really is!  Read John 10:10.  Who do you think the thief is here?  What kind of life did Jesus come to bring us?  To the full = perissos (in the Greek), meaning “exceedingly abundant, beyond the norm”.  Read Philippians 4:15-19.  How was the faithfulness of the Philippian Church beneficial to Paul?  Were they being salty?  Now carefully read 2 Corinthians 8:1-9:15.  Examine the impact Paul describes they can have when being faithful to Jesus.  Not only does he talk about the impact they will have on each other, but also on the world.  Consider particularly 8:21, 24; 9:2,13,14.  All these verses speak about the impact a Christian life has on those that surround him/her.



In order for salt to be effective, it must have direct contact with whatever it is going to influence.  Read 1 Peter 2:11-17.  What happens to our salty effect if we indulge in the flesh in the same manner people in the world do?  Is part of being salty obeying the governing authorities?  Is part of being salty submitting to your boss?  Just like applying salt to a wound produces a stinging sensation at first, you may very well be perceived as a threat or nuisance before the healing you bring may be recognized (Proverbs 27:6).  It’s funny the world refers to such acts with negative connotations like “being wounded and then pouring salt in your wounds”.  Salt will heal your wounds quicker because of its anti-bacterial properties—therefore, you can trust these wounds a friend may give you.  They are for your own good!  In the same way, your good acts will make many praise God and take notice of their blessings. Follow Romans 12:16-13:10.  It is interesting how this passage also emphasizes submission to governing authorities, which is something the world has always had a hard time doing!



Read Luke 14:25-35.  Within these verses Jesus teaches us what saltiness encompasses.  Could you say that saltiness refers to discipleship?  Can saltiness refer to the kind of commitment, loyalty, devotion or prudence we have for the Lord?  Is it possible for you to “loose” this saltiness?  How can that happen?  Perhaps in the same way it happened for the seed that fell on the thorny or rocky soil (Luke 8:13,14)?  Salt can loose its saltiness.  If foreign substances enter salt, they hinder the salt’s effectiveness.  If we allow the world’s impurities to root themselves in us—we will loose the power of influence and impact that the Spirit of God effects in us (Titus 1:15; 2 Peter 2:20,21).  If salt looses its saltiness, then it can’t be called salt!  Read Numbers 18:19 and 2 Chronicles 13:5.  Salt had a binding relationship with covenant-making. Called the “salt of the covenant”, salt was used in all of the offerings (Leviticus 2:13) and was a symbolic “preservative” of covenants.  Be salty in everything you do!



Being a nominal church member can cause an appearance of discipleship, but unless you are influencing the lives of others around you, you may be loosing your saltiness! Read 2 Timothy 2:15,16. Being salty means being able to use God’s Word adequately. You want to be salty enough so that people see something different in you. Read 2 Timothy 2:2. Being salty means being reliable in the Word; ably qualified to teach God’s Word to others, not your own words or opinions. Salt preserves.  That means it keeps things pure by making sure nothing gets in and corrupts.  Read 1 Timothy 4:16.  Saltiness has to do with seasoning your life with God’s Word, letting the Word purify you.  Read Titus 2:11-14.  List the qualities of God’s people from this passage.  What the salt did to Elisha’s water in 2 Kings 2:20,21 God does to you: purifies and makes you fruitful; zealous for good deeds!  How will the zeal for your good deeds be like salt? Read 2 Corinthians 7:1. How is the saltiness within you?  Does your personality reflect reverence toward God? Is it a salty personality? Are you striving to perfect your holiness?  Are you free from the contamination of the world?


"Salt is good, but if it loses its saltiness, how can you make it salty again? Have salt in yourselves, and be at peace with each other."Mark 9:50


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