What really matters to us is played out in how we spend our time, our money, and the people we relate to. For some, what matters most is power, position, and prosperity. Jesus, however, had a different perspective. He said that what matters is You!
"You are the salt of the earth." (Matthew 5:13) Salt was highly valued in Jesus' culture. Salt matters because it:
1) Enhances the flavor - You bring out the flavor in people and in the culture. You make life palatable with humor, joy, purpose, hope, direction.
2) Exhibits purity - It is glistening white and was used as an offering (Leviticus 2:13). Honesty, no hidden agendas, sexual and moral purity, when you give your word, you keep it.
3) Encourages thirst - You make people hungry for a relationship with Christ.
4) Exercises preservation - In the warm climate without refrigerators in Jesus' day, salt kept meat from decaying. You keep the society from destructing ; from moral and spiritual decay. The safety of a nation is not calculated by it's weaponry but by the character and godliness of its people.
5) Expresses humility - Salt does not draw attention to itself; it enhances what already exists.
However, to be effective salt must:
A) Be in touch with the thing it flavors or preserves.
B) Retain its distinctiveness. If we lose our closeness with Christ and our Christian qualities, we will make no impact for Him in our world as we preserve our world from all-out evil.
You matter to Jesus and to the world. As you pour out your life today like salt, you will find your true value.
Out of the salt shaker ~ Bob