“You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its flavour, how shall it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men.” Matthew 5:13 NLT

Long before the invention of refrigerators, salt was a major means of preserving foods. It still serves that purpose even today despite the advancements in science. Also, have you ever tasted food without seasoning? It surely must have felt really bland and almost uneatable. What if you added a sprinkle of salt to that food? The taste will undoubtedly improve. This means that salting is an important aspect of food.

It is deducible so far that salt performs two major functions namely preservation and seasoning. So when Jesus called believers “the salt of the earth”, what did He envision? 

The reality is that the life of Christ which you have now received came with an in-built feature to salt the earth. This means that your drive, motivation and pushis to spread the gospel around the world (Romans 1:16; Ephesians 2:10). Your purpose as a believer is thus to keep the earth flavoured and well preserved. How? 

The answer lies in the fact that the world as we currently have it is in a fallen state but still standing as a result of the presence of God’s children awaiting the coming of the Lord. Left for the devil whose default intent is to steal, kill and destroy, the entire world and the people in it would have been overtaken (John 10:10). 

Thank God that we are still here and standing as a great force restraining the devil from unleashing terror on the earth. Your prayers and confessions, joined with that of other believers have frustrated the evil workings of the enemy in the world, and will continue to do so until Jesus comes. 

Therefore, do not relent. See yourself as a preserving agent of the world. Do this by refusing to let evil prevail around you. Continue earnestly and steadfastly in prayers because it is effective (James 5:16). It is through your prayers that your life is preserved as well as the lives of your loved ones and people around you. 

Similarly, in 1 Peter 2:12, Apostle Peter offers an insight on how to add flavour to our world. He admonishes you to let your conduct reflect so positively towards unbelievers that even in your dealings with them they can testify of your sterling qualities.

So in addition to your intercessory interventions aimed at preservation, your conduct must be able to elicit inspiration and point people towards Christ. There should never be lukewarmness with you, especially in your workplace and relationships. People should be able to observe you and proclaim that you are indeed of Christ.

Beloved, Jesus is counting on you as salt; do not lose your taste and effectiveness.

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