“You are the salt of the earth, but if the salt has lost its taste, how can its saltiness be restored? It is then good for nothing, but is thrown out and trampled foot.” Matt 5:13
“For everyone will be salted with fire. Salt is good; but if salt has lost its saltiness, how can you restore its saltiness? Have salt in yourselves and be at peace with one another” Mark 9:49-50
Jesus asks the question “Salt is good, but if it loses its saltiness, how can you make it salty again? Have salt among yourselves, and be at peace with each other.” In truth, salt is salty because it is salt. Salt isn’t sweet, nor is it bitter, it is salt because of the nature of what it is.
We are by God’s design and from the very core of our being, intended to reflect the glory of God in everything we do. As the refiner’s fire of the Holy Spirit works within us, we become the salt that we are intended to be.
Just as no one uses one grain of salt expecting it to be effective, we too are not meant to be only one grain of salt in the world. Jesus concludes this brief parable by stating, “Have salt among yourselves, and be at peace with each other.” The salt, then, is not just one person but a collective that functions together. The church, when it strives to pursue God and display His glory, profoundly impacts the world through us. We are the Church and like salt, we provide flavor and life to whomever we touch and in whatever we do. We preserve the integrity of the that which we proclaim, Jesus Christ has died, Jesus Christ is risen, Jesus Christ will come again.