by Tyler Barnes
“I’m feeling pretty salty” is a term used at our house a lot when we get frustrated about how we’ve been treated. Then the other day I heard this story that got me thinking. An exasperated lady exclaimed, “I’m feeling pretty salty.” A child then replied, “Out of all the flavors you could choose to be why salty?” This comical retort holds a lot of wisdom for how we choose to live our lives, and it hit home the following morning during my quiet time as I read Matthew chapter 5. Verse 13 says, “You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how can its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people's feet.
Are you salty? After talking with you do people leave thirsting for the Savior? More than a flavor, salt is an essential nutrient for human life. Likewise, Christ is the essential nutrient for eternal life. When filled with Christ we taste different! Salt is one of the oldest food seasonings, dating back as far as 5000 BC. A life seasoned by Christ is savory, it attracts people to you because there is something about the way you live that tastes so much better than anything else this world has to offer. One of the reasons we like salt so much is because saltiness is one of the five basic human tastes. A relationship with Christ fills the basic human need to know and be known by a loving God. This basic need is often described as an inexpressible void that only God can fill.
How does salt lose its taste? Salt can be absorbed by water leaving a white powder that looks like salt but doesn’t taste like it. In the same way, our Christianity can become so diluted that we no longer taste of Christ. We look like Christians, we go to church like Christians, we talk like Christian. But below this thin veneer, there is no substance to our faith, so we act like our culture 99% of the time. Sure, we are “good people”, but we aren’t called to be good we are called to be godly. Imitators of Christ, we are to leave everything behind, pick up our cross, and share the hope through grace that we’ve found.
I challenge you to stop tasting bitter. Whether you’re a Christian, ground down by the monotony of living the “Christian life,” that feeds into the stereotypical lie that the Christian life is boring; or the “casual, convenient Christian” that claims Jesus, but doesn’t follow him past their local church’s exit sign. Maybe you're new to living a faith-filled life, or we're raised to believe in Jesus but never really lived for him. It's ok, today we can start tasting like the salt this world so desperately needs, and help restore saltiness to the church. Together, let’s be the salt that gives life flavor.