You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.
Matthew 5 : 13
Salt is incredibly potent. Adding salt to a dish enhances the taste and brings out the flavours. Just a pinch will permeate a whole dish and is impossible.
So what does it mean for us to be salt? Firstly it means that even in small numbers we can have a big impact. We can often feel small and not very powerful, but we often have much more influence than we think. When we live our Christian values it can influence the culture around us. People in our workplaces, groups, or friendship circles see how we act in the world, and our example can shift the wider culture. When we look at the great Christian reformers – Martin Luther King, William Wilberforce, Florence Nightingale – we see that they rarely commanded big majorities, but with a small group of likeminded people they used their example to shift the culture around them.
Secondly it reminds us that our job is to enhance. If you add too much salt to a meal it becomes inedible. The point of salt isn’t to replace the flavours of a meal (unless the food is really that bad), the point is to bring out and enhance what is already there and allow it to fulfil its potential. Some of us inherited an understanding of Christianity that taught that our job is to turn people into cookie-cutter Christians that think, act, and speak in the same way. But that’s not our job, our job is to be like salt. God has already given each person gifts and talents unique to them, so our job is to recognise those gifts in others and to help them as they develop their gifts, all for the glory of God.
Prayer: Help me to be a salty Christian. Help me to be the kind of person who builds up the people around me, enhancing their lives and encouraging them to grow and flourish. When I feel discouraged remind me that even though I am small, I can make a difference where I am and bring more goodness into the world.
Action: Give someone a compliment on one of their gifts today. It’sreally encouraging to have your gifts seen and appreciated.