Jesus says that his followers are to be the salt that brings out the God-flavors of this earth.
Salt of the Earth
Jesus clearly states that our role as Christians on the earth is a transformational one. We are called the “salt of the earth” and salt essentially does three things: It adds flavor, it preserves, and it heals. So our task is to bring flavor, preservation, and healing to the world around us. This is why it is imperative that we ourselves be personally transformed from the inside out. If we have not been changed, we cannot bring out the “God flavors” of this earth.
In the same way that salt was never designed to remain in the shaker, the Church was never created to remain insular. We are called to live from the inside out both personally and corporately. God’s love flows from within us out into a hurting world. The Church is to be a caring, gracious, and inclusive community. Our mandate is to love others as we love ourselves. Perhaps it is now becoming increasingly clear why it is necessary for us to strengthen our spiritual cores and live our Christian lives authentically from the inside out. This is the only way that we can keep our “saltiness” and remain effective Christ-followers.
Jesus is clear about our purpose on the earth (to be salt seasoning), and I’m happy to say that there are many wonderful churches that understand the tenet of Matthew 5:13 and live it out in their communities. These are churches that are actively involved in preaching the good news, responding to human needs through loving service, seeking to respond to and transform areas of injustice, and teaching, baptizing, and nurturing new believers. They have a revelation of why the Church is here, and they understand that the Church, as God’s hands and feet on the earth, is called to operate in the realm for which she was created, namely, a lost and broken world.
The Church is the vehicle that God has created to fulfill his mission on the earth. The people who are the object of this mission normally can be found outside the four walls of the church building. For this reason, every aspect of our church experience should actually empower us to “go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature” (Mark 16:15). We cannot afford to simply do church on Sunday—we must be the church seven days a week.
Point to Ponder
Jesus did not say that he would build an institution or organization. No, He said he would build his Church, the Body of Christ, a living, breathing organism made up of people who have been transformed and, in turn, are transforming their worlds. Does that include you?