How To Be Salt is post 6 in our At His Feet Bible Study Series where we sit at Jesus’ feet to learn from His teachings.
This article will assist you in understanding the ‘how’ and ‘why’ Jesus wants us to be good, useful quality salt.
It will help you to understand the dynamics of this Kingdom message and how to be a diffuser of Jesus to others.
It is my prayer that you will experience the tangible presence of the Holy Spirit through this article.
How To Be Salt
“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.”Matthew 5:13
In ancient times the ovens in Palestine consisted of doors that were built on a tile floor.
To help maintain the heat they lay a thick layer of salt under the tiles.
The salt loses its power to maintain the heat in the oven over a period of time and is then removed and thrown on the ground.
People who knew this practice would gain a better understanding when Jesus taught them the parable about salt.
Salt Adds Flavour
Until today salt is one of the food items that is used all over the world and is a household necessity in preparation for food.
Adding no salt to food can cause your food to be bland and tasteless.
When just the right amount of salt is added to a dish it gives it a better taste and flavor.
God expects His children to give a better taste and flavor to Christianity.
Christianity should not be seen as something that robs people of their joy and peace, but that we receive our flavor from Christ who is our source of joy and peace.
Salt Makes Us Thirsty
Consuming salt can make us thirsty.
God wants us to be hungry and thirsty for Him, this will preserve us not to lose our flavor and becoming useless as salt in His Kingdom.
When we spend time with God it will help us not to lose our flavor and to radiate Him to win others for Christ.
If we do not stay connected to our source of life we will lose all our flavor and wither and die spiritually.
Salt Is A Preservative
From the earliest times, salt has been used as a preservative to prevent the meat from going off.
When Jesus says that we are the salt of the earth, He indirectly tells us to live pure lives.
Our walk and talk, whether behind closed doors where no one sees us, or in front of others should reflect His Kingdom standards of purity.
Our daily lives should be without making compromises with worldly standards that will contaminate God’s standards of living pure lives.
Our demeanor should reflect God’s standards in every breath we take, our thoughts, and our walk and talk.
Salt Is An Antiseptic
It is used as an antiseptic in the treatment of wounds assisting to destroy germs.
As children of God, being His instruments to reflect Him to others we should act out His love, grace, and mercy to others.
Our conduct should have a cleansing effect on those who are in our presence that will destroy all the bad elements that cause things and circumstances to go septic.
We Will Be Seasoned With Fire
“For everyone will be seasoned with fire, and every sacrifice will be seasoned with salt. Salt is good, but if the salt loses its flavor, how will you season it? Have salt in yourselves, and have peace with one another.”Mark 9:49-50
In the Old Testament, all the sacrifices were seasoned with salt when burned.
When we are facing and going through trials and afflictions, we are seasoned by God with fire.
Trials and tribulations create humility in us and dependence on God.
All our sacrifices will be seasoned with salt.
To have peace with ourselves and with others is to have salt in ourselves and one way to be salt.
Salt Symbolises Purity
In agriculture, salt that has a lower quality is used to assist the ground in being fertile, while too much salt can cause the ground to be barren.
When the salt has lost all its quality and functions it is thrown outside to be walked upon.
“Then the men of the city said to Elisha, “Please notice, the situation of this city is pleasant, as my lord sees; but the water is bad, and the ground barren.”
And he said, “Bring me a new bowl, and put salt in it.” So they brought it to him. Then he went out to the source of the water, and cast in the salt there, and said, “Thus says the Lord: ‘I have healed this water; from it there shall be no more death or barrenness.’ ”So the water remains healed to this day, according to the word of Elisha which he spoke.”2 Kings 2:19-22
Salt symbolizes purity.
If we lose our flavor for God to use us for His glory and in His Kingdom, we should ask God to put salt on the barren areas of our lives in order to purify our souls, mind, and body.
Application: To stay ingrafted in Christ our source of life to always diffuse flavor to others (John 15:1-8). That we will pursue the things which make peace and will edify ourselves and others (Romans 14:19).
Prayer points: Ask God to apply just the right amount of salt to the barren areas of your life to bring healing and purification (2 Kings 2:19-22). Pray that your speech will always be words of grace, seasoned with salt so that you will know how to respond to everyone (Colossians 4:6).
Promise: Only one of many promises we can claim when we stay ingrafted in Christ, be salt and diffusing flavor to others, is that we will receive revelation and Jesus will reveal Himself to us. (John 14:21) We are keeping His commands and love Him. Jesus said that everyone that loves Him will be loved by His Father, and He too will love us and show Himself to us.
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