A few thoughts on what it means to be the salt of the earth...
13 "You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt has become tasteless, how will it be made salty again? It is good for nothing anymore, except to be thrown out and trampled under foot by men.
50 "Salt is good; but if the salt becomes unsalty, with what will you make it salty again? Have salt in yourselves, and be at peace with one another."
34 "Therefore, salt is good; but if even salt has become tasteless, with what will it be seasoned?
I have often heard salt referred to as a preservative. But no where in this scripture does Jesus ever refer to the preserving quality of salt or to the purifying nature of salt! However, he does refer to the taste of salt or it's seasoning power. What could he mean?
In Colossians we have an answer.
6 Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned, as it were, with salt , so that you may know how you should respond to each person.
Salt is grace! Should we ever lose sight of grace, how then can then can we be used to show the world about God and his provision? Let our speech be seasoned with grace to encourage one another. It takes grace to be at peace with one another. "Have salt (grace) in yourselves and be at peace with one another". We cannot purify the world nor can we cleanse it. But we can show the grace of One who can!
How about some old testament examples...
13'Every grain offering of yours, moreover, you shall season with salt , so that the salt of the covenant of your God shall not be lacking from your grain offering; with all your offerings you shall offer salt .
Any grain offering that is offered must have grace! We are wheat, and if we offer ourselves to God, then it must be through his grace. Without the grace of God, our grain offerings are no better than Cain's. (PS. For a very interesting study, check into the "covenant of salt".)
As our brother Job said...
6 "Can something tasteless be eaten without salt ,
The Psalmist said "Taste and see that the Lord is good". If we are to encourage others to taste of the Lord, then they must see his grace (salt), else He will not be tasty! It is the mercy and kindness of God that leads us to repentance. Of course, the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.
And finally, if we reject the grace of God, what awaits us?
33 He changes rivers into a wilderness,
And springs of water into a thirsty ground;
34 A fruitful land into a salt waste,
Because of the wickedness of those who dwell in it.
9 "Therefore, as I live," declares the LORD of hosts,
The God of Israel,
"Surely Moab will be like Sodom,
And the sons of Ammon like Gomorrah —
A place possessed by nettles and salt pits,
And a perpetual desolation.
The remnant of My people will plunder them,
And the remainder of My nation will inherit them."
If we reject the grace (salt) that is given to us through Christ Jesus, then like Lot's wife, we will be judged and turned into a pillar of salt.
Grace and judgment go together. They are two sides of the same coin. Either we will be salt to the earth as grace, or if we reject Christ and his grace, we will become a salt pit to be trampled upon without any taste.
Praise God that all who are in Christ, are in his grace. May our speech be seasoned with grace like salt. May the world see the grace of God in us so that they will never experience the judgment of Sodom and Gomorrah and be trampled underfoot in judgment.