Are you the salt of the earth? Reminds me of that great song from Godspell, “You are the salt of the world, but if that salt has lost its flavor, it ain’t got much in it’s favor, you can’t have that fault and be the salt of the earth.”
It really goes back to a very fundamental question that we should be asking ourselves all the time. A Henry Blackaby devotional raised the issue and he points out what should be a constant reminder to us, are we salt, are we that preserving agent in a corrupted, degenerating world. “Your life is designed and commissioned by God to enhance a community and to preserve what is good and right.” (Henry Blackaby Experiencing God Day by Day p 51)
Blackaby points out when we are focused on God and what He is guiding us to do, are we staying in front of God. This may be a digression, but it’s part of being a soldier of the Cross too. Do I go and worship, restrengthened, yes even rearmed in Christ. Have we been in His presence in worship, hearing the preached Word, strengthened by the Body of Christ, our brothers and sisters. If we haven’t been strengthened by the Body and Blood of Christ, can we truly be prepared to be salt to a world, a decidedly unsalty and very corrupt and degenerate world. We are regenerated through the things that God gives us, baptism, Scripture, the preached Word and the Body and Blood. We are not only salt in the world, but also sufficiently armed to face the spiritual challenges that keep pushing back against everything that is Jesus.
Blackaby asks: “How do we test the ‘saltiness’ of our life? Look at our family. Are we preserving it from the destructive influences that surround it? Examine our workplace. Are the sinful influences in our work environment being halted because we are there? Observe our community. Is it a better place because we are involved in it? What about our church?”
No one is saying that your environment is perfect, we are always going to live in a fallen world. But because of our saltiness is the world around us being impacted? When I worked in finance and during my time on active duty, people did come to me, and they did kind of expect a little more from me, and they did want to “talk”. Look I’m not saying that I was just all that, but it seems that I did make an impact. For many of us, who expect whiz-bang results, I can’t say my results were whiz-bang, but I can say that God was using me. Let’s make it a constant recheck, are we affecting our environment for Christ in the way the Holy Spirit is leading us to impact.
Wednesdays at the Green Bean Coffee Shop 10am, corner of W King and Beaver Sts, park behind the church. Let’s talk about this, and we’re still also looking at the Gene Veith book.