A Bit Of Salt

Matthew 5:13-16(NLT)
“You are the salt of the earth. But what good is salt if it has lost its flavor? Can you make it salty again? It will be thrown out and trampled underfoot as worthless.“You are the light of the world—like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden. No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father.”
Jesus is speaking to the moral tone that His disciples should to give to the world. It is well known that salt in soil destroys fertility, so too, salt exposed to sun, water and snow becomes useless. Our living can be infected by the world around us because the culture is permeated with evil. How we fortify ourselves from corruption is by daily studying God’s word and spending time in prayer. Our living should set a moral tone, where ever we go. Our moral tone is a stronger testimony to our faith than our words. What good is our words about God if our living is just like those without God? If we want to inventory how our relationship with God is affecting our moral tone, We should ask these questions: a) Do others eagerly share immoral jokes, statements and activities with me? b) My conversations contain purposeful innuendoes or double meanings? c) Co workers and friends share everything and are not affected by my presence? If any answer is yes, then action must be taken to improve my moral tone. 
Once Jesus established the moral tone for His disciples, it was imperative to describe how the tone would be used. It is not to judge the world but to bring the light of truth to many. Jesus instructs that this salt (moral tone) brings opportunity to reach the lost. Living in praise and worship to God might make people around us a little uncomfortable but the end result is worth it. In spite of the persecution we might have to tolerate, even our enemies desire that our lives are true reflections of God’s love. While most outwardly tempt us and strive for our failure, inwardly they are impressed when our convictions stand the tests of trial. It is the conundrum of evil. Satan and his evil can grip a person but there is no guarantee that grip can be maintained. The soul longs for goodness, hope and life. The Gospel offers all this and more. Jesus makes God’s love possible and available to even the most degenerate. How will they know the truth, if we don’t live it?
We live in a world of deceit and manipulation. Many people are living in darkness because they have never heard or seen anything else. They have been taught and told that things like peace, kindness, love and patience are weak or evil. They don’t know that their soul’s deepest longings can be satisfied by Jesus. They don’t know what goodness is because they have never had it or been around those who do. We are the ones that can bring the good news to them. Our living can show them that our life with Jesus is very good.
We as Christians are disciples of Jesus. So we can practically apply this message to our own lives. Jesus lived the example for us to know how to set the tone. See Mark chapter 5, Jesus just showed up and evil was offended. A bit of salty is good, every life should have a bit a salt. The mission of our living is to show others how great our God is and tempt them to Jesus. Arm yourself with the Word and prayer and Go, be a bit of salt!
Mickey Kyler
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