“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
Salt is more than a great seasoning on food and more than pepper’s best friend. Salt can be used as a preservative in certain foods to keep bacteria from growing. For example, salt is used to dehydrate meat and keep bacteria from contaminating it and ruining the meat. Salt prevents what is not good for the meat from taking over.
As “salt of the earth”, we are called to stand guard against contaminating sin, and not let it take over and ruin our lives or the lives of others. We are to preserve what is good – what is of God. God is light, truth, love, wholesomeness, purity, righteousness, and honor. Filtering all of life’s experiences through the Word of God allows us to learn how to think and act in a God honoring way with each new situation we are faced with throughout the day.
Psalm 119:7-11, teaches us the importance of reading God’s Word in order to follow what it says:
“I will praise you with an upright heart as I learn your righteous laws. I will obey your decrees; do not utterly forsake me. How can a young person stay on the path of purity? By living according to your word. I seek you with all my heart; do not let me stray from your commands. I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.”
Learning to live according to what God says is best takes time. Why is that? Because God’s ways are so counter-cultural and do not satisfy our selfish desires to be first. No longer are our needs to have money, fame, the perfect job, the perfect husband and family, the perfect look or popularity going to matter. Real heart transformation entails a lot more than just a desire to be different. It requires making small decisions to change your ways, day after day after day. The change will be so gradual that one day you will notice that you are different – you are who you wanted to be! Praise the Lord! Thank you, Holy Spirit!
Moms have a special job in addition to keeping themselves from being contaminated by the world. Moms need to be persistent in keeping sin away from their children! The innocence of children needs to be protected – and it’s a very big job. Most kids, tweens, and teens do not like being checked on, but will appreciate growing up with boundaries when they are older.