“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”.
Salt has multiple purposes, but the most common use is as a preservative or preventative measure against decay. When Jesus told the disciples to be the salt of the earth…in essence He was saying “When I leave, you need to preserve the word that I shared with you and let the world know that My death, burial and resurrection is for whosoever will come”.
Sometimes our diets call for us NOT to eat salt due to high blood pressure, diabetes, or other ailments or diseases, but salt is a much needed ingredient in our bodies that must be maintained. Likewise, too much of anything is harmful; however, salt helps in balancing the fluid in our bodies. Salt as a flavor enhancer is not to be used alone! No one eats a teaspoon of salt all by itself….it will cause you to gag. Flavor is a good way to draw people, so my question is; have you ever rode down the street and started smelling something so good that you began desiring it? Imagine being invited to someone’s home for dinner and you walk in and see the food cooking, but it has no smell and when you sit down to eat, it has no taste. You then use the salt shaker over and over again and see the salt coming out, but it has lost its flavor.
As Christians we can do the same to those outside of the church. We have no flavor because we speak Christianese, which is to say that we use a lot of “lingo or church sayings”. We are speaking the word, but the hearer may not know Jesus yet and cannot understand your speech, so the Apostle Paul tells us in Colossians 4:6 to “Let our speech always be with grace, and seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer each one”. Be ready to share the word in a language they understand, but is holy and acceptable to God.
Ephesians 4:32, says “and be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you”. Remind someone that Jesus forgives all sins through true repentance and salvation. Remember that during this pandemic, the Lord has provided platforms for VTOM to livestream the Word on Sundays and Wednesdays to stay connected and encouraged.
Hold on because BETTER DAYS ARE COMING!
We are #VTOMSTRONG!
Love and miss you,
Elder Lenora Clayborne