I was putting chips on the kids’ lunch plates the other day and I glanced at the chip bag. It said Lightly Salted. Those two little words were a selling point for me in the grocery store. I try to feed my family healthy food. I know chips don’t qualify as healthy but lightly salted certainly helped. Many people these days are watching their salt intake. My dad had a heart attack a few years back and was told he had heart disease and to limit his salt intake. The doctor also told him to tell his kids because it’s hereditary. I keep this in mind when making decisions about food.
At the moment I glanced at that chip bag the verse “You are the salt of the earth.” (Matthew 5:13) immediately came to my mind. Since we are the salt of the earth we shouldn’t be lightly salted. We should be heavily salted. In Leviticus the people were instructed to season their offerings with salt. Even their grain offerings. I found that interesting. In Jesus day, salt was used for flavoring and preserving. Salt would lose it’s saltiness the more impurities it had. The Lord wants us to be the salt of the earth. We are to be different from the rest of the world with our pureness of heart. Colossians 4:6 says our “conversation should be full of grace, seasoned with salt…” We should be noticeably different in word, attitudes and actions.
“For every one shall be salted with fire, and every sacrifice shall be salted with salt.” Mark 9:49 We are to offer our lives to the Lord as a living sacrifice. As we go through the fires and trials of life, the impurities are burned off and we are salted with goodness that comes from the Lord. We are salted by letting His unconditional love wash over us and capture our hearts. We are salted by accepting the good news of the gospel. We are salted by learning God is faithful to us through thick and thin. Through these trials God is purifying and preserving us. Once we are salted we are to go out to the world and share our salt with them, purifying and preserving them.
Some people are worried about offending others by talking about salvation through Christ or reciting the bible. Jesus didn’t tip toe around so He wouldn’t offend people and neither should we. Have love. Have grace. Have boldness. Jesus was perfect in how he handled people. Loving sinners but not being intimidated by the religious leaders of the day. I continuously strive to be like Jesus. Until then, lightly salt my food but may my walk with Christ be heavily salted.