The Importance Of Being Salty
Posted: Monday, January 5
Verse of the day:
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. You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. (Matthew 5:13-14)
Part of what we are to be as Christians is to be salt and light. Each one of us should use what we have and who we are in Christ to stop decay and dispel darkness around us because that’s what salt and light do. To do this, we must not lose our saltiness (5:13) and we must not hide our light (5:14-15). Be salty and be bright. How do we do that? I’m glad you asked. I believe the words of Jesus in “The Sermon on the Mount” (Matthew 5-7) are a “How To” for living salty and living bright.
Jesus starts off His sermon with 8 attitudes we are to exude (Beatitudes) as followers of Christ. They are being poor in spirit, spiritual mourning, walking in meekness, hungering and thirsting for righteousness, showing mercy, embracing purity, being a peacemaker, and enduring persecution. If we exude these attitudes through our lives we will be salty and bright. Jesus goes on in His “Sermon on the Mount” giving many behaviors we as Christians should exhibit as a result of these attitudes we’ve chosen to live by. Here is an exercise. As you read the “Sermon on the Mount” (Matthew 5-7), look at the different behaviors such as not being angry with your brother (5:21-22), and match it with its Beatitude(s), which in this case would be blessed are the merciful (5:7) and blessed are the peacemakers (5:8). Follow Jesus’ teachings and example and live a salty, bright, blessed life for Him