When Jesus began His public ministry, he revolutionized the method of teaching people about God. For centuries Rabbis had an arms-length distance between themselves and a personal relationship with the Creator. Jesus changed all this by teaching about God as a personal Father to each of His children. I would like to briefly discuss a fundamental mindset that Jesus taught about how we are to behave in this life.
Matthew 5:13 reads, “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.” This is a well known passage for good reason. It is a simple metaphor to explain that there is inherent value in being a follower of Christ. As a meal without salt is tasteless and bland, a Christian brings “flavor” to any situation in life. When rejoicing, when grieving, when reflecting, when growing…every situation in life is better when a person with a perspective on the spiritual is there. There is value added.
We should strive to be the kind of people that affect other’s lives in a positive way. If we don't do this, we have lost our purpose and our meaning. Jesus taught this same principle elsewhere in the Bible as well. Luke 14:34-35, “Salt is good; but if the salt has lost its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? 35 It is neither fit for the land nor for the dunghill, but men throw it out. He who has ears to hear, let him hear.”
We need to bring something to the table in life, so to speak. By doing this, we are noticeable by those outside of Christ and can be good examples to them. Imagine the suffering and the pain the early church went through. People losing their homes, families, livelihoods, and even their own lives for the cause of Christ. Read the words of Paul, “For I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time of my departure is at hand. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Finally, there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give to me on that Day, and not to me only but also to all who have loved His appearing” (2 Timothy 4:6-8). Paul was not depressed about the conditions of the world; he brought a positive perspective to the table. Although his own life was in jeopardy, he knew even if he died he would get the reward. No doubt this perspective led even his Roman guards to consider more deeply the Gospel of Christ. “All the saints greet you, but especially those who are of Caesar’s household” (Philippians 4:22).
What are we to be? We are to be like salt.