« You are the salt of the earth »
How many times did I learn several years later that people around me that I had known for some time were christians but that because they said nothing, nothing foreshadowed it.
I call these people the "Undercover Christians". The "Undercover Christians" are people who live a passion for Jesus but only in their home basement or in their church. When it comes time to shine for God in everyday life, they prefer to stay away from fear of being labeled, stigmatized and/or mocked.
Yet Jesus who died on the cross in the most horrible conditions, when actually it is we who deserved to be in His place, doesn't He deserve that we should show courage and hold firm for His name ?
Matthew 5; 13-16 says:
"You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how shall it be made salty? It is from then on good for nothing but to be thrown out and to be trampled underfoot by men. You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do men light a candle and put it under a basket, but on a candlestick. And it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men that they may see your good works and glorify your Father who is in heaven"
Here is also the version "The Message":
"Let me tell you why you are here. You’re here to be salt-seasoning that brings out the God-flavors of this earth. If you lose your saltiness, how will people taste godliness? You’ve lost your usefulness and will end up in the garbage. Here’s another way to put it: You’re here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world. God is not a secret to be kept. We’re going public with this, as public as a city on a hill. If I make you light-bearers, you don’t think I’m going to hide you under a bucket, do you? I’m putting you on a light stand. Now that I’ve put you there on a hilltop, on a light stand—shine! Keep open house; be generous with your lives. By opening up to others, you’ll prompt people to open up with God, this generous Father in heaven"
This verse leads me to ask you this question: Do you consider yourself to be the salt of the earth? Are you trying to become one?
In this passage there are 5 words on which I would like to draw your attention:
The word Salt in greek is translated by the word "Halas" which means "Food seasoning" as well as "Protect food from putrefaction".
The word Savor in greek is translated by the word "Moraino" which means "Proof that a thing is crazy" and which comes from the greek word "Moros" meaning "Without God".
The word Thrown in greek is translated by the word "Ballo" which means "Throwing without worrying about the place of the fall" (like when we throw an apple through the window of the car).
The word Feet in greek is translated by the word "Katapatéo" which means "Walking with roughness".
The word Light in greek is translated by the word "Phos" which means "God is Light, Truth and its knowledge, Spiritual purity, What is exposed to the sight of all, Reason, Power of understanding, truth moral and spiritual ".
So, among other words, this passage tells us that we are the protection that prevents the world from rotting (Salt) and that if we live in fools and lose our relationship with God (Flavor) we will be comparable to the value of an object launched in the distance without worrying about where it lands (Thrown) on which we walk with roughness (Feet) but that we are the truth in the world, knowledge, purity, what is exposed to the sight of all, reason, morality (Light).
So I ask you this question again: Do you consider yourself the salt of the earth? Are you trying to become one?
Salt is different from the food on which it is used (i.e. meat). If therefore we are the salt of the earth, we must be different from the people around us on earth. When we cease to be different, we will no longer have any positive influence in this world.
As a "Light" we must enlighten the path of our colleages who walk in the darkness. This is more than just a call to integrity, but to lead, command and direct (Deuteronomy 28:13 - The Lord will make you the head and not the tail, you will always be above and you will never be down).
You can't live your faith as "Undercover Christians." You have been called to much more than that! You have been called to impact the world by going to them, praying for them, showing love to them, bearing their sins, refusing to walk in their evil ways and praying for their healings. You have been called to share the heart of the Father on earth!
We were not saved to go to heaven but to bring heaven!