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
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.
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
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!