Most of us don’t like eating bland food. If we had a choice between a fish stick or a celery stick, most of us would choose the fish stick almost every time. This illustrates the second point of being “salt of the earth” (Matthew 5:13). Last time we saw how salt creates thirst. Salt also adds flavor.
Salt is one of the main flavors that our tongues can taste. The Salt Institute adds: “Salt brings to food far more than one of the five basic taste sensations (sweet, salty, sour, bitter and umami); it enhances other tastes. Sweets taste sweeter. Salt masks bitter tastes, making naturally bitter foods like chocolate…become delicious.”
Jesus said in Matthew 5:13: “You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned?” The Life Application Bible notes: “If a season has no flavor, it has no value. If Christians make no effort to affect the world around them, they are of little value to God. If we are too much like the world, we are worthless…Instead we should affect others positively, just as seasoning brings out the best flavor in food.”
As spiritual seasoning, let us add spice into people’s lives by being a positive influence for good and for God in the world. In a world where people constantly taste the bitterness of evil, let’s give them a refreshing taste of goodness. In a world filled with random acts of violence, let’s show them random acts of kindness. That’s what Jesus did, who went about not only preaching the Gospel, but also healing and doing good (Acts 10:38; Mt 4:23; 9:35). If we want to be effective in evangelism and missions, let us learn to couple sharing the Good News with doing good works. In so doing, we act like our Savior…and we act like salt of the earth.