You are the salt of the earth; but if salt has lost its taste, how can its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything, but is thrown out and trampled under foot.” (Matthew 5:13)
I don’t know about you, but I have never liked things “plain.” Burgers, fries, hot dogs, sandwiches, soups, meats, holidays, vacations, days off, etc., etc. No, for me I really can’t enjoy these kinds of things unless they’re somehow spiced and jazzed up! I have to have all the “fixins’” on my burgers and hot dogs, fancy sauce, cheese and marinade on chicken or steak, hot sandwiches with all kinds of complex additions, and even vacations that go unique places, do unique things, and where I can see unique sights! If you don’t believe me, just ask my wife and family and they’ll confirm all of this!
In point of fact, all of these are examples of things that add spice and zest to life -- they add taste, texture and fun to make life more enjoyable. Today’s scripture says that you and I are the “salt of the earth” -- that means that we are to be the spice and zest in the lives of others. But from where does our own “saltiness” come?
It comes from the presence of Jesus Christ within each of us. Without Christ in us, we can live simple lives of existence, going about our daily routines in a dull, hum-drum kind of way. But with Christ in our hearts, our daily actions and routines can become something entirely different. They can be exciting and always surprising, with Jesus bringing out the flavor and potential within each of us. In other words, Jesus brings spice and “saltiness” to our lives so that we can bring spice and “saltiness” (or flavor and zest) to the lives of others lost, alone, and alienated from God.
So, are you spicing things up? Or are you losing your savor? People in our world today are looking for something to add zest and flavor to their otherwise dull lives… and we have the answer: JESUS! So don’t keep your “saltiness” to yourself. Spread the good news. Be the spice of Jesus in the lives of those around you. Don’t let your “salt” go to waste -- make someone around you “thirsty” for Jesus today by the way you live your life. Remember that God loves you and I do, too!