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Discover The Mystery Of Being The Salt Of The Earth

The Salt Of The Earth

One morning I gave my daughter a kiss on the forehead whilst she was still asleep. Thereafter I tasted a tingle of saltiness in my mouth as her blankets had more than warmed her up. Then suddenly the words of Jesus came into my mind: “You are the salt of the earth”, a verse I had never truly understood. I then opened my bible to read Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount and the Holy Spirit began to minister profound truths regarding these words which I share in this article.

1. What It Means To Be The Salt Of The Earth?

When humans undertake physically strenuous tasks, they start to sweat as a result of the intense physical effort. Being the “salt of the earth” signifies actively participating in work that leads to a salty taste from sweat. Such work is considered as good deeds that stand out visibly, allowing others to witness God’s influence and offer Him praise (Matthew 5:16).

So our work and deeds are meant to bring God all the glory. This however, should not be conflated with working to receive salvation because we are saved by grace and not by works.

In this context, work is seen as a manifestation of God’s presence within us. Paul’s statement, “I can do all things through Christ, who gives me strength” (Philippians 4:13), exemplifies how his actions are fueled by the presence of Christ dwelling inside him.

Furthermore, the actions and behaviors of God’s children are distinctive as they derive inner strength, energy, and power from God through Jesus Christ. Our actions inspire awe and fascination in observers, leading them to have faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.

Here are instances showcasing how Jesus and other figures from the Bible exemplified being the salt of the earth.

2. How Jesus Was The Salt Of The Earth

Throughout his time on earth, Jesus’ actions led many to believe in him as the Son of God. His work included spreading the Good News, healing the sick, forgiving sinners, and more. These deeds brought glory and reverence to God, resulting in numerous followers who found salvation through him.

After Jesus prayed for God’s will to be done in Mount Olives, just before he was crucified, an angel of the Lord appeared and strengthened him. Thus, he was strengthened spiritually so that he’d be able to physically bear the work of being crucified on the cross.

3. How The Disciples Became The Salt of The Earth

The disciples followed Jesus during his entire ministry believing in him as the Son of God. In John 14:12 Jesus says, “I tell you the truth, anyone who believes in me will do the same works I have done, and even greater works because I am going to be with the Father.”

The works which inherently produces salt are the same works that Jesus did – preaching the Good News, healing, teaching, evangelizing and more.

When we perform these works, they not only bring glory and honor to our heavenly Father but also bring man to receive salvation through Jesus Christ. We see in the book of Acts 2:41 how Peter, a follower of Christ, began preaching and many were saved.

4. How We Become The Salt of The Earth

The journey to becoming the salt of the earth begins by believing that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and accept him as our Lord and Savior.

The Holy Spirit of God then dwells within us and begins working on our inner being, transforming us in every aspect of our lives.

This transformation includes character building, change in attitude and more. Thus leading to a life guided and strengthened by the Spirit to work in the Kingdom of God.

The transformation is so profound that others will notice through our deeds, and become witnesses of God’s Holy Spirit working within us.

The works and deeds are to bring more and more people to salvation by accepting Jesus Christ as the Son of God and our Lord and Savior.

Becoming the salt of the earth.

Paul describes this process perfectly in 1 Corinthians 10:15, “But whatever I am now, it is all because God poured out his special favor on me—and not without results. For I have worked harder than any of the other apostles; yet it was not I but God who was working through me by his grace”.

Paul’s work as an apostle brought many to be saved, and that is how he demonstrated being the salt of the earth. He was strengthened by the Spirit of God working through him to work harder than all the apostles.

5. Types of Work That Make Us The Salt Of The Earth

To be the salt of the earth means to express the inward work of God outwardly, here on earth, so that others can bear witness and give God praise.

The salt in this expression symbolizes the outward results for working towards what God has called us to do for the advancement of His Kingdom and for saving souls.

Philippians 2:12-13 describes that we must work hard to show the results of our salvation where God gives us the desire and power, through the Holy Spirit within us, to do what pleases Him. He also gives us gifts and abilities to execute deeds that will bring others to Christ and to strengthen the Church.

Such deeds include loving one another, teaching, prophecy, showing kindness, leadership, and more. As believers in Christ, we are called to work and serve our Lord Jesus Christ and never be lazy (Romans 12:11) otherwise we would lose our flavor or impact in the preaching the message of salvation that advances the Kingdom of God.

6. How Does Salt Loses Its Flavor?

“You are the salt of the earth. But wat good is salt if it has lost its flavor?” When salt loses its flavor means that the individual is not working for the glory of God. Any acts of sinfulness and laziness do not being glory to God, which is why those who do not work for God’s glory are regarded as worthless (Matthew 5:13).

6.1 The Parable Of The Three Servants

This notion is exemplified in the Parable of the Three Servants where the master gave his servants bags of silver according to their abilities.

The servant given 1 bag of silver hid it in the earth. When the master returned, he found no work had been done by the servant. Thus the master called him wicked and lazy and ordered that he be thrown into outer darkness.

Jesus also says “Don’t store up your treasures on the earth”, which means to exhaust your gifts and abilities on things that have no eternal value. Rather, the things that have eternal value are the good deeds that we do for other men as servants of Jesus Christ (Matthew 25:31-46).

6.2 Adam And Eve

Adam was placed in the garden to work in Genesis 2:15. When he and Eve sinned, this means that their deed, of eating the fruit, did not bring glory to God and the result was death.

Death means being banished from the presence of God and it also refers to lacking the Spirit of God within. Without God’s Spirit, man lack the inner strength and vigor to do good deeds.

God also punished Adam by cursing the ground such that through the sweat of his brow, only then will he be able to make a living. This curse ties to the servant with one bag of silver, he buried his silver in the earth and therefore did not bear fruit because the earth itself was cursed. Hence why the master asks couldn’t he have deposited the money in the bank where the silver would accumulate interest.

7. Final Remarks

When our bodies are salty through sweat, this indicates that we are partaking in hard work. And this hard work produces results in other man believing in God and worshiping and praising Him.

Jesus was the salt of the earth both literally and symbolically. Literally, his sweat of blood fell to the ground Mount Olives, thus reversing the curse upon the ground in Genesis 3:19. Symbolically, his finished work on the cross saved all humanity so that we can live to praise and worship God up to eternity.

Since Jesus’ work on the cross is finished, God then began to work within us by pouring the Holy Spirit, and will continue to work within us until it is finally finished (Philippians 1:6). That is, until we become mature, full and complete – becoming the perfect image that resembles our Lord Jesus Christ.

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