What if I told you that within you is the very ingredients and solutions to life that your generation needs and is searching for? What if I told you that those solutions are in a simple two word statement that should be true of the characteristics of every Believer? You want to know what that statement is? Cool, I’ll tell you. That simple two word statement is this: Be Salty!
I know that sounds weird, and it might not make much sense, but that’s actually the solution: Your Saltiness. Don’t laugh, I’m serious…OK… well maybe you can laugh a little bit, because it does sound funny. But check this out: Christ actually calls us to Be Salty in our generation. Matthew 5:13 says we “Are the salt of the earth….” Now in this day and time to be salty isn’t a good thing. To be salty today means to be someone who is tripping on something, or in a bad mood towards someone else. Their emotions are shot and they are just not being an enjoyable person to be around or deal with. They are being “salty”. But that description is not the true description of what it means to Be Salty as a Christian. Christ’s comparison of His Believers to salt is from a totally different perspective. To Be Salty as a Christian means to be living out your full potential and ability in the earth and having maximum effectiveness in your generation. I will say it as many of my young people say: To Be Salty is to be Doing The Most with yourself and your Christianity.
The question I asked myself, though, is this: Why Salt? I mean, one of the things I love about reading the Bible is the revelation of God that we discover as we read. The Bible is full of topics and titles that tell us about our God. Who He is and the different aspects of His character and persona. It tells us that our God is Holy (Psalm 99:9); that He is Righteous (Psalm 116:5); that He is Love (1John 4:8), and that makes sense to me. It is a natural expectation that in God’s book, He would talk about Himself. That’s cool. It is a privilege to get to know our God through His Word. On the other hand, one of the things I also appreciate about the Bible is how God is willing to take out time in His book to tell me about myself. It says things like I am fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalm 139:14); I am made the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus (2 Corinthians 5:21); I shall be the head and not the tail (Deuteronomy 28:13), and it says I am a royal priesthood and a holy nation (1 Peter 2:9). Man, I love that! He cares for me enough that He, as a good Father, is not slack about sharing with me my true identity relative to who He created me to be. He uses much of His book to tell me about myself. But I will be honest, I understood it when He said to be the head and not the tail, and when He said to be royal and holy. That stuff is awesome. I mean who doesn’t want to be royal? But when he said be salt, I was like “OK, now you are not making sense God.” Think about it. Why salt? That does not sound royal to me… Or holy for that matter. Now, it is obviously implied that when He calls us the salt of the earth He is talking about the impact and influence that we are to have in the earth. But why use salt as the similitude for the Believer? Well, allow me the opportunity to share the answer I gathered, and hopefully after reading this you will find yourself open to being more Salty than you ever have before.
So, I started looking up uses for salt and I saw that there are thousands of them. These uses range from health and beauty uses, to kitchen uses, and even cleaning uses. Salt is very useful. This is actually one of the first points that I gathered about being salty: Your Usefulness. This in turn is relative to your purpose. Salt can serve many purposes and those purposes make it quite useful. To be the salt of the earth means to be maximizing your usefulness by walking in your true purpose as a Believer. Let me ask a question: What is your purpose? How are you most useful? One of the immediate purposes of the Believer is to be ministers of reconciliation; reconciling men back to God through the Gospel of Jesus Christ (2 Corinthians 5:18-21). That is one of the most important ways to Be Salty. Tell people about Jesus! Your generation needs your Savior more than anything. If we are not willing to Be Salty about this then we are doing our friends and loved ones who don’t know Christ a great disservice.
Another significant use of salt for me is in its flavoring ability. Salt makes food taste better. I can’t stand McDonald’s fries that have no salt. Their taste is not the same. In similar fashion this world would not be the same without you. There are people you can reach in this world that others can’t. That is why I love the different personalities Christians have. There are Rocker Christians who reach rockers, there are Thugged-out Christians who reach thugs. There are Wealthy Christians who reach the wealthy, and there are Scientific Christians who reach the scientific. The Apostle Peter specifically ministered to Jews. The Apostle Paul, on the other hand, had his heart set on reaching non-Jews, or the Gentiles. All of these are forms of saltiness for the Believer; ways that God commissions us to be the salt of the entire earth, and it is important for us to be the salt that we were created to be. The reality is pepper does something totally different to the taste of french fries than salt does. Trust me, it’s not the same. Salt does what it does because it is what it is. You have to be who you are, because you are a part of what makes this earth what it is. You are the salt of the earth, and if you ever stop being you, then you take away from this world a great resource and necessity of its well being. The latter part of the scripture in Matthew 5:13 talks about what happens if salt loses its flavor. If it stops being salt it loses its purpose and men have no need for it. You can never stop being you. We need you. That’s why God created you. The world tastes much better with you on it. So be you…Be Salty!
My final significant use of salt is that it is a preserving agent. Salt is placed on raw meet to help it last longer and keep it from spoiling. How many of your friend’s lives can you preserve just by being the Christian God called you to be? How many of them could benefit from the life, health, and strength that is in our God? What great impact you can have in the earth when you start sharing with people about your Savior who can heal hurts, give wisdom on family issues, raise self esteem, remove depression, expose gifts and talents, show us how special we are, and guarantee us a future and a hope? All of these are issues of this generation, and all of these have a solution in Christ. That solution comes to the table when you start walking in your saltiness. Oh the lives you can preserve when you start Being Salty! I would even go deeper to say that Christian perseveration is not just relative to the longevity of time, but is relative to the everlastingness of eternity. When you start sprinkling your salt on people’s lives, then you start influencing them with the powers of eternity, and as they receive Christ they begin to be preserved with eternal life. They live forever. That is the very point stated in John 3:16. Listen, to Be Salty is powerful and its impact is eternal!!!
So go figure! Christ actually knew what He was talking about when He called us the salt of the earth. He knew the impact salt has on His creation, and He knew that impact was very similar to His goal for Believers in the earth. You are doing the most with your life when you are being the salty Christian Christ called you to be. You can clean things up as salt. You can beautify lives as salt. You can preserve life as salt, and you can make the taste of life all the more better as the salt of the earth. This my friend, is why we should strive to Be Salty! Now there may be some who will look at you and make claims or give critiques about you being salty. That’s fine. All you should say is this: “I know I’m salty, but I can’t help it. I’m Christian.” Be who Christ has called you to be. Be Salty!!!