Are We Worth our Salt?
Posted by Rod Neufeld on May 19, 2016
“Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.” Matthew 5:13 KJV
Are we worth our salt?
It has been said that that saying came from the time of the Roman Empire. Salt was so highly valued that at times Roman soldiers were paid with it. Therefore if one could asked if someone was, “worth their salt,” it was like asking if they had done their job well. Were they efficient and on time? Did they go out of their way to be exemplary soldiers?
Jesus called us to be the salt of the earth.
What does salt do? It makes things better. When you add salt to something it enhances and enriches flavour. God provides the salt and puts it in us. We are to spread that salt across the earth. This may be over simplifying things but that’s OK. I usually over complicate things so we will call this balance!
So, when salt has lost its flavour one could surmise that we have lost our desire to step forward and press on with the Gospel. We have simply lost our first love, so to speak. When Jesus is no longer reason enough to cause us to put hand to plow, we need to search our hearts and minds to find that desire again.
This brings me to my point: I have a lot of friends in various churches and I hear the same things over and over, “We have a great bunch of people here. Just ask and you will find many people willing to help out.”
Don’t get me wrong, that’s great! My problem is: Why do you always have to ask?
Why is it that 20% of the congregation are the ones that just step up and then have to ask others to join in? Do we not see a problem with this? Yes, everybody has different abilities and gifts so not everyone is a planner or leader. That doesn’t mean you can’t find a way, within your God-given abilities to step forward in faith and do something! Not just for the sake of “doing something”. Simply, just to serve the God of all creation, the one that saved you from judgement and hell. I don’t think it’s asking too much of anyone.
I really feel that at this point in history, time is short. I don’t know for sure, I’m not a prophet. What I am certain of is that as children of the Living God, saved by His grace, we should not be waiting to be asked. We should be asking, “What can I do? How may I serve?”
In this next passage something amazing happened:
“Then fear came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were done through the apostles. Now all who believed were together, and had all things in common, and sold their possessions and goods, and divided them among all, as anyone had need. So continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they ate their food with gladness and simplicity of heart,” Acts 2:43-46 NKJV
You notice, Peter did not ask everyone to do this, they just did it. That is what happens when you listen and respond to the Holy Spirit’s guidance in your life. YOU ACT OUT IN FAITH, NOT TRUSTING IN POSSESSIONS BUT INSTEAD LETTING GO OF THEM FOR A GREATER PURPOSE.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not telling everyone to go sell everything and hang out at my house all week. Recognize the lesson and the spirit at work here. They just did it! They stepped out in faith without being told, asked or obliged through guilt.
So I ask:
Are you worth your salt?
Am I worth my salt?
I ask this everyday. I struggle with not doing enough. On the other side, we need to find our spot, our area of gifting and talent, and use that to the glory of God. After all, He gave you those abilities. We need to do that which glorifies God and furthers the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
“And He [Jesus] said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.” Mark 16:15 NKJV
He didn’t say, go ye to the wall by the kitchen, write your name down on the volunteer list and then wait until someone calls you.
What are you waiting for? I do not want to face Christ with my hands empty saying, “This is what I did for you.” I want Him to run out of ink listing all the ways I glorified my Father in heaven. Not for my own pleasure or ego but that He may see that I love Him and desired to serve Him with all that He gave me to use.
“Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:16 NKJV
Think about it, what words do we desire to hear on that glorious day when we come face to face without Lord and Saviour?
“His lord said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.’” Matthew 25:21 NKJV
Perhaps some homework would be to read the parable of the talents. We need to step up in our lives in whatever way we can. We don’t need to waste our time complaining when we can “do something”
Just my two mites!