What if Christians were more like natural salt? Abundant, readily available all around the world to serve others, never running out of good deeds to perform in Jesus’ name. Can each of us say we have come up with 14,000 ways to show someone God’s love or 14,000 ways to be a blessing to others? I know I can’t; starting now, I’m working on it.
Since Saltworthy is for the household of faith, our focus is on salt in the spiritual sense:
1. salt \solt\ n 1 : person who has accepted Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior 2 : Christian behavior, conduct, way of life
2. salt vb 1 : to spread the good news of Jesus Christ 2 : to show love, grace and mercy 3 : to improve, enhance, uplift the lives of others for God’s glory - salter n
So, what does it mean to be “saltworthy?” The word “saltworthy” was given to me by God to begin a new way of talking about and being more conscious of what we do and the affect it has on the people and circumstances around us. If a vessel is seaworthy, it’s fit for a sea voyage. In the same vein, here’s the basic definition of saltworthy:
salt•wor•thy™ \solt-wәr-thē\ adj 1 : fit for seasoning lives with the love of God 2 : words and actions that help others and reflect Christ
Notice that Christians must first be fit for spreading salt. (Now, before you get upset, this is not to say that God only uses perfect people to fulfill His divine will. We all have sinned and fallen short of the Glory of God. Our Lord is Sovereign and can use anyone He chooses, regardless of what state we happen to be in. There are many instances in the Bible (as well as present day) where God uses people who are saved or unsaved, who walk uprightly or who make mistakes. Now that we’ve cleared that up, back to the definition...) We don’t have to be perfect, just willing and available. We are to walk this earth, seasoning wherever we go. Our words, deeds and lives should reflect Christ. We are to be living testimonies.
Nothing makes the devil happier than when Christians ruin their testimonies. If we’re too tired, depressed, discouraged or burdened with unconfessed sin, it renders us ineffective. Not only will we miss out on living life to the fullest (as Jesus came that we may have life, and have it more abundantly), we will fail to enrich others’ lives. If we’re not saltworthy, we could be the missing ingredient that prevents a family, community, even a generation from being the best it can be. We are no longer good for anything except to be thrown in the street and trampled upon. In other words…road salt.
road salt n : Christians who have lost their “saltiness”
Don’t become road salt. Don’t give up when you make a mistake. Because of God’s grace and mercy, if we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us. Turn your trial into a testimony and keep being salty!
Your salt is fit for seasoning; now what? Be about it! Take time to do something kind for someone other than yourself. While you’re busy “looking out for number one,” keep an eye on number 2, 3…100. Think about it – salt doesn’t season itself, it’s used to improve or preserve something else. Are you leaving a situation better off than when you arrived? Are you improving lives? Lend a hand, because what you do for others will be your legacy. Just as faith without works is dead, light without salt is dim indeed.
One more thing to keep in mind: reflect Christ in all you do. Nothing ruins salt more quickly than doing a kind deed for self-serving reasons. When natural salt is blended into a dish, it disappears. You may not see it, but you definitely taste its presence. Remember, people are supposed to see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven, not sing “for he’s a jolly good fellow!” If you do receive accolades for your actions, be quick to give all praise to the Lord.
“And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.” Colossians 3:17
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