Too many days I find myself at the close of the night wondering what I did that day. Who did I show compassion to, for whom did my heart actually feel, or did I shed a tear, say a prayer or whisper words of love? How did I spend my day? Most days the answer is: I spent my day in a variety of texts, emails, social media statuses trading details of events or services. I may have prayed for someone who asked for prayer or sent a note of encouragement but rarely of late has my heart been stirred to the point of compassion for anyone. I read these piercing words of Jesus and I started to realize…I’m losing my salt.
“You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.” Matthew 5:13 (NIV)
Matthew records Jesus’ words to his disciples after the teaching of the “Beatitudes”. After the invitation and challenge of blessings at the beginning of Matthew 5 now Jesus calls their attention to the reality of what it means to be disciples. They can’t just dance through life. Any follower of Jesus must actually BE something and to DO something. They have a responsibility to be useful in the culture where they live.
Salt has over 60 uses….that’s a LOT of use! Salt’s usefulness falls into three major categories. There is the obvious flavor for food, salt is also used as a preservative and a cleaning agent. Flavor, Preservation and Purification.
Much like salt, the disciples were to be flavor, preservative and purifiers in their world. Our lives follow after theirs and we are the next generation of salt in this world.
Our lives are meant to be spent bringing flavor to the lives of those around us. Anyone we come in contact with, co-workers, neighbors and store clerks should have the very flavor of their lives changed because they interact with us. Once you’ve salted a dish you can’t take it back and once you’ve poured the love and grace of Christ out on someone…well they won’t ever be the same!
Pastor, it’s so easy to get wrapped up in the day to day tasks that we forget WHY we do what we’re doing.
We should ask ourselves, “When was the last time we felt the Holy Spirit touch our heart for someone who is lost and broken around us?” “When was the last time we really looked at the checkout clerk and ask him how his family is?”
Have those moments been swallowed up by herding sheep that keep biting? Have you lost your salt trying to help others find theirs?
Join me. Join me in repentance for being wrapped up in tasks and turning away from my real call to love others and be salt and light in this world.
Join me in praying that dangerous prayer we all prayed at one time or another: “Jesus break my heart for what breaks yours”.
May Christ’s heart beat anew within you. May your eyes find the eyes of a neighbor who needs to be seen, your hands hold the hands of a grieving friend and your tears be shed for all in your community who have yet to experience the saving grace and wrecking love of Jesus.