My Fitness

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

when salt has lost its saltiness

Jesus once asked, "If salt has lost its taste, how can its saltiness be restored?"

Wait.

How can salt even lose its saltiness? How can it lose its taste?

Salt
NaCl
sodium chloride








If part of this simple chemical formation is broken off, its still salt. It just becomes less salt.







Then why would Jesus warn us that we can lose our saltiness? Seems weird. I did very little searching to find out that the only way for salt to lose its saltiness is for there to be "additives" in the mix.

The purpose of us being salt is so that others would see our good works and give glory to our Father in heaven. But if our salt is impure it can rot. If we are impure, we can rot. And at that point we are only good for being trampled under people's feet: people can use rotten salt to help pave their way. Rotten salt, rotten christians can serve as a warning to not lose their saltiness. (Maybe that's a stretch. Maybe that's not what Jesus meant at all. The warning is still good - don't stop being salt or you'll be useless.)

If you mix something other than the gospel into the gospel, you think you are adding a preservative but really you are contaminating the gospel and the Christian and the salt.

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 to be thrown out and trampled under people's feet. You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and hide it under a basket, but put it on a stand so it can give light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others that they may see your good works and give glory to the father who is in heaven.
Matthew 5:13-16

So what is the gospel? And how can we be pure before God?

In a word, love.
We should define love using scripture.
By this we know love: that he laid down his life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers. 1 John 3:16
Consider 1 Corinthians 13. Who embodies that description of love? Jesus.
How have you laid down your life for anyone today?

Consider this short message from Tim Keller below. It stayed with me because I happen to be memorizing the Sermon on the Mount (the saltiness passage) right now and I have been ruminating on it and letting it marinate in my soul. Hearing him cite it got me thinking more. I hope it will get you thinking more. Religion that is pure and undefiled is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction and to keep oneself unstained from the world. James 1:27


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