“seasoned with salt” speech, “tangy”, blurred distinctions, carnal condition, credibility, gravitas, Holy Spirit, influence, integrity, Living Waters, moral compasses, moral preservation, morally appropriate behavior, preservatives, pure, salt, saltiness, savor, spiritual guides, thirst
You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people’s feet. ~ Matthew 5:13, ESV
Being someone else’s moral compass is not an easy mission. As the salt of the earth (keepers of moral values, holy and righteous doers), whether we believers in Christ like it or not, we are other people’s spiritual guides for morally appropriate behavior.
The truth is that we neither can be the moral preservation of a society nor a true moral compass, when we are relying on our own strength and wisdom. Trusting our own flesh to give us strength and our own minds to give us wisdom—while we are trying to be the salt of the earth—only means we do not have the Power of God flowing through us. What is frightening about this scenario is that we risk losing ALL credibility, when we fall from Grace while attempting to serve others in the abovementioned carnal condition.
The bottom line is that—as witnesses for Christ—our salt needs to cause individuals to thirst after both the eternal life Giver and His Living Water and Fire. When our salt loses its savor (our saltiness, tang, spiciness, integrity)—when we lose our influence because of our fall from Grace—it is very possible that the people we are meant to influence on Earth either will reject the eternal life Giver or stumble and lose their own salty quality. In other words, the moment our salt loses its savor will be the same moment our witness loses its credibility. Put differently, the moment our witness is compromised will be the very moment our salt becomes worthless.
Without our tang (salty savor or integrity), we cannot affect any person’s thirst. Without our savor, we cannot have any seasoned with salt speech that is pure and has the proper gravitas—that which preserves (keeps) others from the enemy’s corruption. Without our integrity, we cannot point any person to Christ. For these reasons, we have to stay connected to the source of our salt, who is the Holy Spirit. Only God’s Holy Spirit is able to renew and/or replenish our saltiness.
What we each need to ask ourselves are these questions: Has my lost savor stopped me from thirsting after the Living Water? Have other individuals’ thirst for the Living Water—that I need to be influencing—stopped because of my lost savor? Shalom.
Keep it real…Live it out…Watch it work!
~ from my manuscript: Keeping It Real: Daily Renewing the Mind