I like to taste salt in food, it just isn’t right without salt.
I was reading Matthew’s and Luke’s accounts today about Christian saltiness and was blessed with the clarity of this wisdom…
Salt losing its savour…Matthew 5:13~
Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.
N. Webster defines savor as “the quality which renders a thing valuable; the quality which renders other bodies agreeable to the taste…” then he goes to sample this verse (1828 Dictionary).
At this point, I have three things in my mind just by reflecting on what I know about salt and from Matthew and Webster above…
1.) Savour of salt in this wicked world – is depicted by followers of Jesus being ‘salty’: preserving (truth – the word and doctrine), discerning (cleansing) and faithful (strong and solid), calling out falsehood (irritating) showing and doing ‘salty’ things (visibly different, ‘savory’ true Christians).
2.) How salt loses its savour #1: the world’s taste flattens – its like when the followers of Jesus don’t show/ do ‘salty’ things in this wicked world, they become good for nothing (neither hot nor cold, unwise servant…). Dilution with water will cause salt to lose its saltiness, though there could still be salt content but the ‘savour’ is gone, on the other hand, it may apply too as like salt in a jar and not being used.
3.) How salt loses its savour #2: the world despises ‘salty’ taste – when Christian ‘salt’ is no longer ‘appreciated’ by this wicked society, it becomes what it is…abrasive, painful to the wounds and eyes, too salty, “not our type” thing and gets thrown out. Some parts of the world have developed an intolerance to salt (not allergy, because you can never be allergic to salt since salt is present in the body but you can be allergic to the things coming with salt ie. iodine which is indeed allergic to some)…
side note: #2 & #3 may be a one-way cycle as we see in Noah and Lot’s time, that’s why their worlds were destroyed…as ensamples…
Christians need to be Christians, that way their savour is felt and blesses the people around them, nowadays, the Christian connotation has its ‘saltiness’ diluted with idols and worldly things or by supposed ‘Christians’ being “in the jar”; both case, we are being tossed out by an otherwise truth-hungry multitude. But it is also a reality that the true salty Christians are being thrown out by a willingly ignorant generation of folks who just don’t want to know, let alone want to have anything to do with, the truth.
Development of Christian Saltiness: see the preceding verses (before our key verse 13 above) and let the KJV tell the key to salty Christianity, describing the process clearly if you studied closely~
3 Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
4 Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.
5 Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.
6 Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.
7 Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.
8 Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.
9 Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.
10 Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
11 Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.
12 Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.
More to this, we read a twin account, Luke 14, which gives us more clarification to ‘saltiness’ which is bearing the cross of Christ and denying the temporal things of this world.
26 If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple.
27 And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple.
28 For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it?
29 Lest haply, after he hath laid the foundation, and is not able to finish it, all that behold it begin to mock him,
30 Saying, This man began to build, and was not able to finish.
31 Or what king, going to make war against another king, sitteth not down first, and consulteth whether he be able with ten thousand to meet him that cometh against him with twenty thousand?
32 Or else, while the other is yet a great way off, he sendeth an ambassage, and desireth conditions of peace.
33 So likewise, whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot be my disciple.
34 Salt is good: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be seasoned?
35 It is neither fit for the land, nor yet for the dunghill; but men cast it out. He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.
Side Note: no wonder it really is difficult for a rich man or anyone who loves the worldly things, to enter the Kingdom of God. Though there is hope because in the same context, Jesus said “the things that are impossible with men are possible with God” (see Luke 18: 25, 27).
I went back to the very verses that talked about Not loving the world…1 John 2:
15 Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.
16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.
17 And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.
Further down these verses, you see the context of the whole passage where it leads to the last days – here’s the time of our enduring folks…
18 Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time.
19 They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would no doubt have continued with us: but they went out, that they might be made manifest that they were not all of us.
20 But ye have an unction from the Holy One, and ye know all things.
21 I have not written unto you because ye know not the truth, but because ye know it, and that no lie is of the truth.
22 Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son.
23 Whosoever denieth the Son, the same hath not the Father: (but) he that acknowledgeth the Son hath the Father also.
24 Let that therefore abide in you, which ye have heard from the beginning. If that which ye have heard from the beginning shall remain in you, ye also shall continue in the Son, and in the Father.
25 And this is the promise that he hath promised us, even eternal life.
26 These things have I written unto you concerning them that seduce you.
27 But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him.
28 And now, little children, abide in him; that, when he shall appear, we may have confidence, and not be ashamed before him at his coming.
29 If ye know that he is righteous, ye know that every one that doeth righteousness is born of him.
Christian Saltiness begins from becoming a follower of Christ and serving until the end. We serve until the end because the one who called us is faithful to the end. In all this, we may find ourselves turned away from our riches, our families, everything in this world, everything including our very selves, …to the point of being persecuted by the world itself…The idea of saltiness is an encouragement to Christians in these enduring times, hold on to the faith, be fully seasoned, abiding in Jesus Christ until the end. May the Almighty God the Father bless you in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen