Posted on July 19, 2011 at 9:17 AM
Today let us resolve to be the salt of the earth, like Jesus told us we were in Matthew 5:13:
"You are the salt of the earth; but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trodden under foot by men."
What does this mean? Salt adds flavor to ordinary tasting food, and it preserves food from spoiling as well. So when Jesus says that we are the salt of the earth, that means that we are to invigorate the ordinary humdrum life that everyone goes through with His gospel of
1. Loving God with all we've got, and
2. Loving our neighbor as ourselves.
This manifests itself through our words, through our smiles, through our actions, etc. And lest we forget, these things are not just for our family and friends, but for everyone, even those who stink, who are not well dressed, who we don't like, and who don't have a lot of money. In so doing, we not only shake up the world with our flavorful seasoning of love, we preserve the life of Christ in the world. And with the world turning ever darker with its embrace of homosexuality, pornography, divorce, abortion, etc., that means that we will also shine brighter, because Jesus also said that we are the light of the world !