Last week I challenged my small group girls to come up with a list of things that salt is used for. We studied Matthew 5:13-16, and I wanted us to have a fresh look at this passage and not just walk through it like we had a million times before. So we came up with a list of modern-day uses of salt. I laughed out loud when one girl said, “Killing slugs!” Then she and another girl began reminiscing over their slug killing days and how you never knew if the slugs would shrivel up or burst as a result of the salt. It was a very spiritual discussion.
As we kept discussing salty things and relating it to our lives spiritually, one girl asked a very good question, “Can someone ever be too salty?” Of course our immediate reaction is to say, “No one can ever be TOO salty!” But then we talked about it a little further.
What if, rather than thinking of yourself as a salt shaker, you think of yourself as one crystal of salt. And we think of the body of Christ as the salt shaker. When we look at it this way, there can in fact be times that we can be too salty. Think about when you salt your food…very few people, if any, love to bite into a huge pile of salt. We would rather spread the salt out over our entire steak or fries. We don't want to have all the salt in one spot. That would not be appetizing. In the same way, if we as believers all huddle together like a pile of salt, we can become unappealing to the “unsalted” world. We can be much more effective in flavoring the world with the taste of Jesus if we spread out. We can come together at times for worship and growth and discipleship and service, but we are also meant to be shaken throughout the earth. Jesus didn't say, “You are all the salt of this church.” No! He said, “You are the salt of the earth.” His desire for his disciples and for us, is that we would spread the gospel and His saltiness throughout the entire earth.
My question for you today is, “Are you in a heap? Or are you being shaken?” We must resist the temptation to stay in the salt shaker where it is safe. While we are here, we are not achieving God's purpose for us. Until we are poured out, stirred up and rubbed into this world we our saltiness is useless. What can you do today to salt this world for the cause of Christ? How can you bring out the flavor of Jesus in this decaying world? Will you let God shake you where He wants you?