Jesus clearly expects the world to be transformed by our presence.
Hear Jesus words to us: “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 by men.”
Now at first look this is a little difficult to understand. There is no such thing as “unsalty salt.”
If you pour the granules out of your saltshaker and its not salty, somebody played a trick on you because pure salt does not go bad.
Sodium Chloride, table salt like Morton that you buy at the store is pure. But the Morton Salt Co did not exist back in the first century.
When they mined salt from the quarry or pit it was never completely pure.
Occasionally the salt they gathered was so impure that it was not very salty at all.
When that happened they would cast it out the door to harden the pathway that led to their home.
What Jesus is saying in these verses is that if we as His followers are going to change the world we have to be pure salt, we have to be the real deal.
Our lives cannot be a mixture of impurities. We have to be un-compromised, pure, and authentic.
That is the word I want you to remember. When Jesus says:”You are the salt of the earth.” Jesus is saying “Be Authentic.”
One thing that has limited the influence Christians have on the world; is that many who claim to follow the Christ are not authentic.
Don’t be deceived, an inconsistent lifestyle repels people from the church.
I can not tell you how many times I heard someone share they know someone who says they are a Christian, but their life is impure.
It literally destroys the witness of Christ when believers do not live out their faith.
We may be the only Bible that many will ever see.
Our life needs to portray grace. Our life our actions may be the only Scriptures that others will ever encounter.
So, how authentic is your walk? Are the people around you drawn to faith by your life?
Do people who cross your path recognize that there is a difference in the way you live?
In the letter to the Galatians Paul informs us what a life looks like when the Holy Spirit is active.
You will be filled with love You will be filled with joy, peace, patience, goodness, kindness, gentleness, faithfulness and self-control.
Do the people you work with, your family members, your neighbors your friends see the “fruit of the Spirit,” growing in your life?
Are you the real deal, or is there so much impurity mixed in with your faith that it is not good for anything?
The key is being authentic; the key is being real, not trying to appear perfect.
Nobody likes a phony, and if you think you are fooling everybody, than the only person you are probably fooling is yourself.
And you can be assured you are not fooling God. If you want people to think you never struggle, that sin is only a distant memory in your life, then you are not authentic. You are just wearing a mask.
In ancient Greece they had great theatrical events, plays, in large amphitheaters. They did not have microphones to make their voices heard, and they didnt have cameras to magnify their images, so they invented a system.
They developed large masks. The masks made them look like the characters they portrayed. Built into the masks were megaphones to amplify their voices.
The actors on stage, got behind their masks and they became somebody else, someone different than they really were.
These actors were called the “hypocrites.”
There are many people whose lives are nothing more then a big act. They play the same role today. They too are the “Hypocrites”.
Listen to what Jesus says to us in Mathew. 23:25-28: Woe to you teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You are like whitewashed tombs, which look beautiful on the outside but on the inside are full of dead mens bones and everything unclean.
You see, God wants to change us, but not superficially. He calls us to be conformed to the image of His Son.
He does not want to just change the way we look. He wants to clean us up from the very core of our being.
Jesus calls us to influence the world toward godliness. To do it we must be authentic.
We must have faith in Him that changes us from the inside out.
You will be able to influence people for Christ if they can see that Christ has made a difference in you.
“Christians are to be the good news before they share the good news.”
We should be a positive influence on our friends. We certainly do have an influence, all be it for good or for bad. We are always some type of influence to those in our lives.
Much like the preacher who was building the wooden trellis to support a climbing vine.
As he was pounding away, he noticed that a little boy was watching him.
The youngster did not say a word, so the preacher kept on working, thinking the boy would leave. But he didnt.
Pleased at the thought that his work was being admired, the pastor finally said, Are you trying to pick up some pointers on gardening?
No, the young boy replied. I’m just waiting to hear what a preacher says when he smashes his thumb with a hammer.
We are always influencing others either positively or negatively.
Salt is a seasoning, a preservative, but unless it is brought into contactwith another object its influence is wasted!
Salt becomes Invisible to have a Visible effect.
Salt by itself is nothing more than little fine particles but in that state it is worthless like losing its saltiness.
But when it is rubbed onto and into meat, or added to food it becomes invisible and then becomes what it was intended for influencing the flavor! Salt that just sits in the shaker is of no use.
It is much like believers, who become complacent, who no longer share grace; who refuse to take a moral stand; who refuse to share their faith. They are sitting in a shaker!
Now, the Holy Spirit is probably doing a little surgery, and He might be making you uncomfortable because he is working to cut out the compromise in your life. Are you authentic are you the real deal or are you wearing a mask are you at times playing the role of the hypocrite.
Is your salt sitting on the shelf or are you in contact with and bringing flavor to those that God has sent you?
What you say and do influences those God puts into your life.
You are the salt of the earth. You are the light of the world.
Let both your life and your light so shine before men that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.