The older I become, the harder it is for me to become energized. Perhaps, a lack of vision is to blame. Yet, as I dig a little deeper through prayer and reflection, I think I have found the culprit. Apparently, I have lost my saltiness, losing the ability to add flavor to the lives of those whom I come in contact. This may explain why I have so little to say wherever I go.
“You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot,” Matthew 5:13.
In the first century, salt was used as a preservative, caking and packing fresh meat to slow down the spoiling process. Prior to electricity, if you wanted protein hunting or fishing was the only option. Salt allowed leftovers from lunch for dinner until this endless cycle continued the next day. In the passage above, Jesus uses Sermon on the Mount as a teachable moment to interject salt into every day conversations.
Salt is good, but if the salt has lost its saltiness, how will you make it salty again? Have salt in yourselves, and be at peace with one another,” Mark 9:50.
For those of us not gifted with a type A personality, another source is necessary to fill this gap. This is where the sinful nature must submit to the Holy Spirit, Galatians 5:16-18. Until you become separated from this tempting force, you will be saltless without the supernatural. Like filling up a car, the shy, quiet and uninspired must plug into God through Bible study, prayer and worship. You could try other methods like I have but you likely come up empty. May this blog motivate you to have salt in yourself by sharing what God is teaching you daily. May the salt be with you.
by Jay Mankus