“Let me tell you why you’re here. You’re here to be salt-seasoning that brings out the God-flavors of this Earth. If you lose your saltiness, how will people taste Godliness.” Matthew 5 (The Message)
Have you ever been at church, become aware of the way someone around you is worshiping, and wondered to yourself, “Why don’t I respond that way?” or worse “Why in the world are they responding that way?” I admit to doing that more than once, and it’s this exact kind of response that got me thinking about our saltiness. On the surface, salt seems simple, but in reality salt can be diverse bringing unique and different flavors to the table depending on how it’s made.
Course or Flake Salt
Himalayan Pink Salt
Each serves a different purpose much like each of us serves a unique purpose in God’s kingdom. When I think about “saltiness” related to Christianity, I naturally gravitate to how rich the Lord is within us. Is he visible in our actions? Are the people around us closer to God because we’ve allowed Him to saturate us so that He’s pouring off of us and onto others?
But what if it’s not just about that kind of saltiness? What if it has more to do with the combination of flavors from those around us that truly allows us to do great things? A dear friend of mine recently brought to my attention that the “you” in the above verse isn’t really about us individually but about us as a collective. That we can do great things through God individually, but to live into that verse we must think how much more we could accomplish together.
Unfortunately, it’s not always that easy. We tend to get in our own way by assuming our way is the right way. That our particular salt is the one and only salt.
“She doesn’t raise her hands during worship, so she must not love the Lord like I do.”
“He didn’t sign up for that Bible Study, so he must not be interested in making disciples.”
“How dare they try to bring Sea Salt to the table when we’re only looking for Himalayan Pink Salt!”
I sometimes worry that believers aren’t losing their saltiness because they’ve strayed from God, but because other believers around them tried to change their flavor to suit their own tastes. Imagine what we’ve lost. It’s like baking a cake without baking powder. It seems like such a simple ingredient and yet when one piece is left out, the whole thing falls flat.
The more we understand and embrace the diverse way in which God created us, the easier it becomes to work together for a greater purpose. Imagine how impactful this could be – love vs. judgement, united vs. against each other, confident vs. afraid of what those around us in our community of believers might think. That’s world changing kind of stuff!
Stay Salty My Friends!